TV Show Review: The People Speak (US)

This followed the same pattern as the Australian version, introduced by an author, in this case Howard Zinn and it was based on his book.

A large group of actors, musicians lend their voices to little known pamphlets and some that are better known, if not the details. Marisa Tomei, Morgan Freeman, Kerry Washington, Sean Penn, Rosario Dawson, David Straithairn and Q'orianka Kilcher and others all appear on stage, to illustrate the lesser known points of American history.

Its a interesting documentary and well worth watching, to gain extra insight on subjects that are already well sung before.

Lincoln was originally against freeing the slaves. I wonder if Steven Spielberg knows this?

I certainly didn't.


  1. This quote comes from an American film that is based on history and yet is very entertaining. I think Jerry Bruckheimer's influence helps.

    “Ben Gates: You all right?
    Abigail Chase: No, those - those lunatics...
    Ben Gates: You're not hurt, are you?
    Abigail Chase: You're *all* lunatics!
    Ben Gates: You hungry?
    Abigail Chase: What?
    Ben Gates: Are you all right?
    Riley Poole: Still a little on-edge from being shot at but I'll be fine, thanks for asking.
    Abigail Chase: Yeah, well *I'm* not all right! Those men have the Declaration of Independence!
    Riley Poole: She *lost* it?
    Ben Gates: *They* don't have it. [He pulls the Declaration out to show her]
    Ben Gates: See? Okay? Now could you *please* stop shouting?
    Abigail Chase: [She reaches for it but he pulls it away] Give me that!
    Ben Gates: You're *still* shouting, and it's really starting to annoy. You would do well, Dr. Chase, to be a little more *civilized* in this instance.
    Abigail Chase: If that's the *real* one, what did *they* get?
    Ben Gates: A souvenir. I thought it'd be a good idea to have a duplicate, turns out I was right. I actually had to pay for the souvenir *and* the real one, so you owe me $35, plus tax.
    Riley Poole: Genius.
    Abigail Chase: Who *were* those men?
    Ben Gates: Just the guys we *warned* you were going to try to steal the Declaration.
    Riley Poole: And *you* didn't believe us!
    Ben Gates: We did the only thing we could do to keep it safe.
    Abigail Chase: Verdammt! Give me that!
    Ben Gates: You know something? You're shouting again.
    Riley Poole: Pretty sure she was swearing too.
    Ben Gates: Well, we probably deserved *that.*”


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