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Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
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"RIVETING FROM START TO FINISH."

- The Hollywood Reporter

"THIS PULL-NO –PUNCHES PORTRAIT SHOCKS AND AMUSES WITH EQUAL FREQUENCY."

- New York Times

"REMORSELESSLY ENTERTAINING"

- New York Magazine

"CRITIC’S CHOICE. This pull-no-punches portrait shocks and amuses with equal frequency."

- Jeanette Catsoulis, NY Times

"IT’S A ¬RIVETING OEDIPAL TRAGEDY"

- David Edelstein, New York

"RIVETING"

- Amy Nicholson, LA Times

"AN IMPRESSIVE FEAT"

- Bruce Bennett, Wall Street Journal

"RIVETING FROM START TO FINISH."

- Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

"A FASCINATING LOOK AT AN ALMOST FRIGHTENINGLY CHARISMATIC FIGURE."

- Kyle Smith, NY Post

"A FUNNY, ARRESTING DOC. The story is a fascinating, hilarious one, well told."

- Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

"FASCINATING."

- Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

"ALWAYS ABSORBING."

- Keith Uhlich, Time Out NY

"IT IS ALL ENTERTAINING."

- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

"A MUCH DESERVED FIVE STARS. It looks at the talk-show host and never blinks."

- Terra King, The Examiner

"Evocateur is a fascinating, unsettling look at how people with a big enough platform can monetize outrage."

- Los Angeles Times

"The story is a fascinating, hilarious one, well told."

- Village Voice

"The film is like his life: scabrous, upsetting, kind of moving, funny as hell, alive with hints of how we've become what we are."

- Village Voice

"REMORSELESSLY ENTERTAINING"

- Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"PROBING and HILARIOUS"

- Jason Apuzzo, The Huffington Post

"Ridiculously entertaining"

- Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International

"A provocative look at the making of a media machine."

- Brian Geldin, Christian Science Monitor

"TOO OUTRAGEOUS TO BELIEVE. As blistering and half-cocked as its subject"

- Eric Hynes, The Village Voice

"Promises to revive Downey for a generation that never heard of him."

- New York Post

"As blistering and half-cocked as its subject"

- The Village Voice

"An impressive feat"

- Bruce Bennett, The Wall Street Journal

"A RIDICULOUSLY ENTERTAINING entertaining biopic"

- Film Journal International

"A FASCINATING and ROLLICKING documentary"

- Leah Rozen, The Wrap

"Absorbing doc...with a heathenish affection of which the Mouth himself would surely approve"

- Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

"The sleaze-filled celebration he deserves...you hate yourself for not looking away"

- Indiewire


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About The Film

In the late ‘80s, the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: Morton Downey Jr. He tore apart the traditional talk format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title “Father of Trash Television.”

Cast & Crew

Cast:
Morton Downey Jr.

Director:
Seth Kramer
Daniel A. Miller
Jeremy Newberger

Rated R for language.

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Magnolia Pictures is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain and AXS TV. Recent releases include the riveting killer whale doc Blackfish, David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar-Nominated The Hunt, hit documentaries Muscle Shoals, Jiro Dreams of Sushi and The Queen of Versailles, and the Academy Award nominated A Royal Affair. Magnolia's upcoming releases include Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Richard Ayoade’s dystopian vision The Double, the raucous Alan Partridge starring Steve Coogan, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best!, Norwegian thrillers Pioneer and Ragnarok, and many more.
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