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Anti-American!! ... j/k?
List creator: goodyerin
Created on: September 14, 2006 - 10:34 PM PDT
Description: Films that were misunderstood in their time.

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High Noon (1952)
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  Writer/Producer Carl Foreman went without credit due to being black-listed when High Noon was originally released. The film criticizes the 'good citizens" who fail to stand up to a powerful bully. Ironically it's now the most requested movie for White House viewings. Years later re-made into the much lamer (sorry John Wayne) Rio Bravo.
Point of Order (1964)
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  Ridding the world of Communism or shredding the essence of America. The fact that Joseph McCarthy is cited as being Ann Coulter's "idol" speaks for itself.
Winter Soldier (1972)
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Not Rated
  Cinema verite doc covering an event where hundreds of honorably discharged Vietnam vets spoke out against the war.
The Front (1976)
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  Not really considered Anti-American per se, but it was made with and by several people who had been blacklisted during the McCarthy trials.
White Dog (1982)
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Not Rated
  More or less got director Samuel Fuller kicked out of Hollywood for its controversial subject, all of his subsequent films were made in Europe.
Fargo (Special Edition) (1996)
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  Upon its release (and huge commercial success) many people saw Fargo as mocking small town life. But one of the last lines said (by Frances McDormand's character) is "I don't know why you did it, it's just money" demonstrates that she is a far more virtuous character than the thieves who shove each other into woodchippers.
Three Kings (1999)
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  Showed American soldiers pillaging abandoned Iraqi villages during the Desert Storm war which didn't go over so well. Though according to several American generals these were all realistic occurrences.
The Quiet American (2002)
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  Story based on a 1955 novel, showed American soldiers committing violents acts against civilians in Saigon. In a post-Vietnam War America (and a release date shortly after 9/11) the film inspired a big controversy (mostly on the NYT op-ed pages) before settling into semi-obscurity.
The Brown Bunny (2003)
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  "That this film was admitted into Cannes as an Official Selection is inexplicable. By no standard, through no lens, in any interpretation, does it qualify for Cannes. The quip is: This is the most anti-American film at Cannes, because it is so anti-American to show it as an example of American filmmaking." -Roger Ebert, LOL!
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
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  Such a polarizing film that people who disliked it would go so far as to call it anti-American, and people who liked it would do so without any sense of good taste.
Syriana (2005)
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  Examines US foreign policy and commercial interests in the Middle East, which usually gets the rhetoric fired up.

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