Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr.

In the late '80s, Downey 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." Was his show a platform for the working man or an incubator for Snooki and The Situation? Ironbound Films' √ČVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE dissects the mind and motivation of television's most notorious agitator.

Lower the safety bar for a rollercoaster ride through Downey's euphoric ascent to fame and nauseating plummet to infamy. √ČVOCATEUR features interviews with Herman Cain, Pat Buchanan, Chris Elliott, Gloria Allred, Sally Jessy Raphael, Alan Dershowitz, Curtis Sliwa, and Richard Bey. Never-before-seen footage reveals Downey's behind-the-scenes fistfights and foibles. Animation recreates the legends of Downey that bounce between executive nightmare and schoolboy fantasy.

- Synopsis provided by Internet Video Archive

Credits

Director:

  • Seth Kramer

Cast:

  • Chris Elliott
  • Victoria Jackson
  • Gloria Allred
  • Morton Downey Jr.
  • Al Sharpton
  • Ron Paul
  • Sally Jessy Raphael
  • Glenn Beck
  • Wally George
  • Michele Bachmann

Writer:

  • Daniel A. Miller

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