The Runner

The Runner

Streaming Video - 2015
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In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, a New Orleans politician finds his idealistic plans of restoration unraveling as his own life becomes enigmatically contaminated with corruption, scandal and deceit.
Publisher: [United States] : Paper Street Films, Back Lot Pictures, KGB Media : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Branch Call Number: EVIDEO HOOPLA
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 90 min.)) : sound, color
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

A day and a half after Deepwater Horizon exploded, the flames, fed by crude from the bottom of the sea, were simply too big to contain. For the families of the 11 missing crew members, hope of their rescue is fading. The search for survivors will end before dawn tomorrow. The forced feeding of mud and cement into the well failed to work.
The well continues to spew oil with the force of seven fire hoses. Today, that slick is 12 miles long, covering 100 square miles. Winds are coming from the south and they're strong, about 30 miles an hour, pushing that oil towards the coast.
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Oil is an addiction. And right now it's going to be pretty damn tricky to deny how harmful it is, how antiquated it is. We need to develop a sustainable infrastructure.
Mark, you're a man with foresight. You know green is how we ought to be creating jobs.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

Colin is a white congressman in a black district. He can barely win here with nothing hanging over him.
-That's why the Senate made sense, where there are at least white voters.
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Now, BP has vowed to pay all legitimate claims, but folks don't have a lot of room to wait around for checks to come or I should say not to come in the mail.
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Now, Moulay Ismail, that Moroccan ruler, fathered 900 children with his concubines.
900 children. Genghis Khan, well, he made old Ismail look barren. One out of every 200 men on this planet has a direct line stretching back to that son of a bitch.
-Is that right?
Yeah.
- hat's your point, Dad?
Point is, a lot of powerful men, JFK, FDR, Clinton, behave the same way. Now, I was never much of a philanderer when I was in office, but I get where you're coming from.
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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

You may hate my guts, but you turned out all right. After all, the apple didn't fall too far.
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There have been rumors that you would support a permanent ban on drilling.
-Those aren't just rumors.
Some would call that a radical position.
-It's radical to those who haven't researched alternative energy. No one's saying it's going to be easy, but mark my words, the green energy revolution is going to dwarf the technology revolution. We need to be forward thinking.
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We try shrimping, but since the spill, there ain't nothing out there. And I could have a boat on the water for three hours, it comes back with barely enough to make a gumbo with. People think it don't hurt because they capped the well and they cleaning up and all that, but I ain't never seen the water this dead before.
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Just remember this, folks, Louisiana has always been one big family. And we don't abandon our family when they make a mistake. I wouldn't be standing here today
if that truth failed to exist.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

You know what I always found most interesting about politicians is that they're so blinded by delusions of grandeur that they forget who they really are.
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The next few years, every major oil and gas company will be spending more and more token money on alternative energy and safe drilling. Billions of ad dollars will be spent
to cleanse their images.
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$160,000 cash. That's what the Feds found in the attic of Owens' Georgetown home.
(Real story was, per Wiki: The corruption case against then Louisiana representative William J. Jefferson -- on 3 August 2005, FBI agents raided Jefferson's home in Northeast Washington and ... "found $90,000 of the cash in the freezer, in $10,000 increments wrapped in aluminum foil and stuffed inside frozen-food containers". Serial numbers found on the currency in the freezer matched serial numbers of funds given by the FBI to their informant.)

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

You've always been a decent man, Colin. But that's not why I married you. I married you because I knew you had it in you to be a great man. And great men, men who build legacies, they aren't always decent. They understand that people... they need someone
to tell them what to remember. And what to forget. They need great men to insulate them from frailty. What's good, what's bad. Because only great men know how to make
people's powerlessness tolerable.
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You remember that speech you gave during the '69 campaign about the anti-discrimination ordinance, you remember? You were shouting, pounding your fist,
spitting like a mad dog. I was too young to understand much of what you were saying,
but I did understand it was about race. Blacks and whites, right and wrong.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

We need to work together. Because the fact of the matter is, we need each other. Good legislating is the art of compromise. Good business is the art of compromise. Life will forever be the art of compromise. Chris Wilcox doesn't understand that around here people go from seafood to oil field and from oil field to seafood. He doesn't understand that a permanent ban on drilling will devastate our local economy. He doesn't understand that you cannot afford to send hard-earned American dollars to the Middle East. I am running for Senate to move things forward, not only for this great state of Louisiana, but for this great country.
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I think it says a lot about the city. I took office in 2006 straight after Katrina. People were rightfully craving change. Folks don't care what color your skin is anymore, what your economic standing is. What people want, what they need is a leader to produce.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2017

Another worthwhile film that captured the corrupted relationship between our political system and big businesses. Overall a good story, good actors and dialogue. The only shortcoming was the "Runner" seemed unable to zip up his pants.

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firefly5
Jul 26, 2016

I did not think this was a very good movie. Nicolas Cage is a cheating, alcoholic, politician, just not a very interesting story.

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hammer59
Jun 05, 2016

I like Cage and it is sad that his latest movies are low budget. This one has a decent story and is worth watching.

C20T11 Mar 12, 2016

I can't stand Nick Cage, I borrowed the Movie because it had to do with the BP Spill.
And it just go's to show You Rotten Politicians Really are & that they are being Controlled by Big Corporate Company's which in turn means that's who's Controlling Our Government, Not WE THE PEOPLE.!

real_thing Oct 13, 2015

TRUE STORY about politics

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