Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007)



Critic Consensus: Man From Plains is a fascinating look at the former president's recent endeavors.

Movie Info

Former President Jimmy Carter embarks on a book tour of his non-fiction book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" and speaks at various books signings about how peace can be achieved in the Middle East.

Rating: PG (for some thematic elements and brief disturbing images)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Demme
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On DVD: Mar 28, 2008
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Critic Reviews for Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (34)

Demme is clearly a Carter enthusiast, and his film paints a vivid, involving picture of an informed and passionate man whose impact is still being felt worldwide.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Demme says he entered the project expecting 'fireworks,' and he gets them time and again...

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

It won't utterly rewrite Carter's history, and it won't convert anybody in this divided country, but Man from Plains will remind us that principle, humility and intelligence have a place in image-is-everything American politics.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's clear from the very beginning that Demme admires Carter. But the filmmaker's skepticism for authority manages to pop out occasionally.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

Follows the former President in heartfelt contemplation

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

Jimmy Carter Man From Plains is a genuinely inspiring, well-made documentary that is well worth seeking out.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008

Audience Reviews for Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

Jonathan Demme's excellent documentary of Jimmy Carter's struggle to balance on the razor's edge between equal advocacy for both Palestinian liberation and for Israel's right to a peaceful existence. In addition to being "accused of being a liar, bigot, and anti-Semite" -- as if that wasn't enough of a challenge -- he's also accused of being a plagiarist with Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, his book that generated all this controversy two years ago. An incredible story about an incredible man.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

The best documentary I've seen in ages from one of the most brillant,humane,and principled men ever to occupy the oval office of the United States Presidency.

Mister Caple

Super Reviewer

[size=3]I thought I was going to be enraptured by "Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains," the new documentary from legendary filmmaker [b]Jonathan Demme[/b]. But I wasn't. It's not a bad film, but it's not that engaging.[/size]

[size=3]Given the subject matter, Carter's highly controversial book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," it should have been riveting. Instead it was placid and barely turned its gaze to Middle Eastern issues. It doesn't seem that Demme has any serious interest in the Middle East. Carter is shown having many hard-hitting discussions with Middle East experts who took issue with his use of the word "apartheid." But every time such a conversation gets started, Demme cuts away to long, quiet shots of Carter walking through airports or riding in a rented SUV as he and a publicist ride to the next stop on the book tour. [/size]

[size=3]The publicist appears not to have any interest in the content of the book. All that's on her mind is getting to the next destination on time. So why film her so much? Are the mechanics of a book tour interesting? I certainly don't think so.[/size]

[size=3]The title of the film and its overall marketing strategy are misleading. They give the impression that the film is a general introduction to Mr. Carter and his work. It really is just a film about the Palestine book. Rosalynn Carter is barely in the film, and almost no one is interviewed. It's overwhelmingly just footage of Carter on the book tour. There is some video from his work with Habitat for Humanity and some old footage from the Peace Accord between Egypt and Israel, but not much.[/size]

[size=3]As far as I know, there has been no major documentary about Carter made as of yet. Given that he is one of the few true thinkers of our epoch, you'd think we'd have one by now. If you're looking for such a thing, you won't get it here.[/size]

Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

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