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The One Percent (2006)

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In this hard-hitting but humorous documentary, director Jamie Johnson takes the exploration of wealth that he began in Born Rich one step further. The One Percent, refers to the tiny percentage of Americans who control nearly half the ...See moreIn this hard-hitting but humorous documentary, director Jamie Johnson takes the exploration of wealth that he began in Born Rich one step further. The One Percent, refers to the tiny percentage of Americans who control nearly half the wealth of the U.S. Johnson's thesis is that this wealth in the hands of so few people is a danger to our very way of life. Johnson captures his story through personal interviews with Robert Reich, Adnan Khashoggi, Bill Gates Sr., and Steve Forbes, during which both Johnson's and his subjects' knowledge and humor shine. And he's not afraid to butt heads with Milton Friedman, the economist who coined the term "the trickledown effect." He also shows how the other half lives, using real-world examples of the wealth gap: he takes a tour of a dilapidated housing project in Chicago, rides around with an enlightened taxi driver, and sees the human toll of the unfair economics of the Florida sugar industry. Johnson's film is at its most powerful when it reveals how the super-rich work to preserve their own monetary dominance. As a member of the "Johnson & Johnson" family, he gets rare access to an exclusive wealth conference at which the ├╝ber rich learn strategies for preserving their fortunes, and learns the personal management styles of some of the countries wealthiest employers. No great society has survived such a massive wealth gap; who knows if ours will? Written by Schafer, Nancy See less
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Nicole Buffet
Herself - Granddaughter of Investor Warren Buffett Herself - Granddaughter of Investor Warren Buffett   See fewer
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Chuck Collins
Himself - Great Grandson of Oscar Meyer Himself - Great Grandson of Oscar Meyer   See fewer
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Cody Franchetti
Himself - Italian Baron Himself - Italian Baron   See fewer
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Milton Friedman
Himself - Nobel Laureate Himself - Nobel Laureate   See fewer
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Bill Gates Sr.
Himself - Father of Microsoft Founder Himself - Father of Microsoft Founder   See fewer
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Eddie Bernice Johnson
Herself - Chair Congressional Black Caucus 2001-03 Herself - Chair Congressional Black Caucus 2001-03   See fewer
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Gretchen Johnson
Herself - Jamie's Mother Herself - Jamie's Mother   See fewer
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Jamie Johnson
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Jim Johnson
Himself - Jamie's Father Himself - Jamie's Father   See fewer
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Adnan Khashoggi
Himself - Arms Merchant Himself - Arms Merchant   See fewer
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Claude Kirk
Himself - Former Governor of Florida Himself - Former Governor of Florida   See fewer
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Greg Kushner
Himself - Lido Wealth Conference Director Himself - Lido Wealth Conference Director   See fewer
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John Lewis
Himself - US Representative (D) Himself - US Representative (D)   See fewer
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Roy Martin
Himself - President, Martin Lumber Co. Himself - President, Martin Lumber Co.   See fewer
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Brian McNally
Himself - Family Asset Manager Himself - Family Asset Manager   See fewer
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Dan Miller
Himself - Former Congressman FLA (R) Himself - Former Congressman FLA (R)   See fewer
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Karl Muth
Himself - Investment Banking Heir Himself - Investment Banking Heir   See fewer
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Ralph Nader
Himself - Consumer Advocate Himself - Consumer Advocate   See fewer
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Larry Noble
Himself - Center for Responsive Politics Himself - Center for Responsive Politics   See fewer
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Paul Orfalea
Himself - Kinko's Founder Himself - Kinko's Founder   See fewer
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Kevin Phillips
Himself - Former Nixon Aide, Author Himself - Former Nixon Aide, Author   See fewer
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Jimmie Price
Himself - Taxi Driver Himself - Taxi Driver   See fewer
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Nathaniel P. Reed
Himself - Undersecretary of The Interior 1967-73 Himself - Undersecretary of The Interior 1967-73   See fewer
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Robert Reich
Himself - US Secretary of Labor 1992-96 Himself - US Secretary of Labor 1992-96   See fewer
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Greg Schell
Himself - Attorney, Migrant Farmer Justice Program Himself - Attorney, Migrant Farmer Justice Program   See fewer
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Edward Wolff
Himself - Professor of Economics, NYU Himself - Professor of Economics, NYU   See fewer
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Gregory George Frank
Prison Guard (uncredited) Prison Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.9 / 10 | 981 votes