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Heist: Who Stole The American Dream (2012)




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A new, groundbreaking feature documentary about the roots of the American economic crisis, and the continuing assault on working and middle class people in the United States. Heist boldly reveals the crumbling structure of the U.S. economy - the result of four decades of deregulation, massive job outsourcing, and tax policies favoring mega-corporations and wealthy elites. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Heist: Who Stole The American Dream

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Ultimately reframing the advancement of free market ideology of the last four decades as class warfare against the have-nots, the documentary manages to widen its scope without losing its narrative thread.

Full Review… | August 28, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Though myriad aspects of its story have already been probed in greater depth elsewhere, Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher's Heist is well timed as a one-stop summary of reasons for ordinary Americans to be furious at our financial systems.

Full Review… | August 28, 2012
Top Critic

[It] has the virtue of taking the long view of a crisis that recent films like "Inside Job" and "Too Big to Fail" have only sketchily explored. It makes a strong case that government regulation of business is essential for democracy to flourish.

March 1, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Like its title, Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? purports to ask a question but is only interested in forwarding its predictable agitprop answer.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
Village Voice
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Heist is a cinematic gut punch, to be sure, but not one entirely devoid of hope.

Full Review… | August 28, 2012
Shared Darkness

The film provides a crisp, succinct answer to a question that nags most Americans: What the hell happened?

Full Review… | March 3, 2012
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Heist: Who Stole The American Dream

Wanna know why so many people are sleeping in doorways? Wanna know why 10 million folks have had their houses foreclosed this year? Wanna know why your nest egg is not worth even half of what it was four years ago when the US Mint started its printing orgy? Take a look at HEIST. Everything you ever wanted to know about your government-sponsored rip off is there frame by frame.

Cecile  Pineda
Cecile Pineda

Finally, an easy to understand documentary that tells the truth about the economy. I love that both sides of the political aisle are equally criticized.

Gregg Low
Gregg Low

A great film to see if you're wondering why you had to give up so much in this recession. This film follows the downturn of the economy beginning with a secret memo circulated by Justice Powell. From there you learn how congress and the media were bought, unions were attacked, jobs were outsourced, and corporations and banks were given absolute power while the middle class was left with nothing. You leave with a well-rounded understanding of how we got into this situation and what we need to do to get out. A perfect examination of all of the issues to better inform yourself in economics and politics!

Scout Wise
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