The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant (2009)

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When the General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio shut its doors on December 23, 2008, 2,500 workers and 200 managers were left without jobs. General Motors was the lifeblood of this small community, and in this documentary the employees reflect on the ways the company brought them closer to their neighbors as operations at the plant slowly grind to a halt. Body shop employee Kathy is a mother of three with six grandchildren, and viewed her co-workers more as a second family than simple colleagues. Meanwhile, as tearful electrician Kim, reflective toolmaker Popeye, and crestfallen forklift operator Kate turn in their GM cards, the final truck to be produced at the plant rolls off of the assembly lines, serving as an ominous herald of things to come in the struggling U.S. auto industry.
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NR
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Documentary , Special Interest
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HBO

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Critic Reviews for The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant

All Critics (2)

... structured like a mystery that starts with the conclusion and then works backwards in flashbacks to show how it got there.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
Playback:stl

An intelligent and heartbreaking record of the human wreckage left behind in the decline and disappearance of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

August 13, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant

A heartbreaking look inside the death of GM as seen through the eyes of a number of employees working for a closing factory. That these honest people have to lose their jobs and rebuild themselves and their lives while CEOs sit by and cash their bonus checks from the bailout is sickening.

Kevin Ketchum
Kevin Ketchum

Good doc showing the cost of the decline of auto manufacturing from the worker's point of view. Does not make any real attempt to explain how or why but does imply unions are NOT at fault when clearly that is a big chunk of it. Points out that pensioners outnumber active workers by four to one.

Roy Smith
Roy Smith

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