Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

2007

Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

Critics Consensus

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

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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.

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  • This is a man it is impossible not to like, even if you think he was a weakish one-term commander-in-chief. At least he was not Nixon or Bush Jr.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Demme's fascinating documentary shows Carter on a US tour to promote the book. Perhaps Carter - and Demme himself - imagined this would be as trouble-free as Al Gore promoting environmentalism.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Jimmy Carter Man from Plains is an affectionate and admiring portrait of a politician who, like Al Gore, became more idealistic and effective on the world stage once he left office.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • 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.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
  • Demme says he entered the project expecting 'fireworks,' and he gets them time and again...

    Jan 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 10, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

  • Nov 23, 2010
    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 <i>Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, </i> his book that generated all this controversy two years ago. An incredible story about an incredible man.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]Directed by Jonathan Demme, "Jimmy Carter Man from Plains" is a mostly verite(there is also some archival material included) and overlong documentary about Jimmy Carter on a recent acrimonious book tour promoting his book "Palestine Peace not Apartheid."(It should be noted that he is not the only person to make this same connection. For example, Naomi Klein does in her book "The Shock Doctrine" on page 559.) Carter intended to provoke discussion by using the loaded word of Apartheid but instead started a prolonged shouting match between two antagonistic sides, providing more insight into the rest of us than its intended subject who comes off as a genuine man of peace and voice for the Palestinian people. While denouncing violence from both Israel and Palestine, Carter saves most of his ire for the security wall that cuts into the occupied West Bank. Detractors including Alan Dershowitz get their say and Tavis Smiley of PBS provides the best analysis of Carter who also helps to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. Plus, he is in better shape than I am! [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2008
    A very informative and touching documentary about one of the finest statesmen and humanitarians in history-Jimmy Carter. I'm going to buy that controversial book of his and read it-unlike some of his strongest critics...
    Audrey L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2008
    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 C Super Reviewer

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