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What critics are saying about Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair
Los Angeles Times. Michael Wilmington
"For sheer sensational allegations per minute of screen time, Coverup
would be hard to top...a chillingly lucid and consistent argument...For
anyone interested in the Iran-Contra affair, it's probably required
Chicago Tribune. Dave Kehr
"...an unusually calm, coherent and persuasive piece of work...Many
similar and related allegations have already surfaced in the press, but
it's the accomplishment of Coverup to weave those allegations into a
consistent, plausible pattern...a movie to be reckoned with..."
Denver Post. Howie- Movshovitz
"A challenging piece, very much worth seeing, no matter what your
Los Angeles Herald Examiner. David Ehrenstein
"Coverup offers welcome light on a subject that has so far only generated
heat...Coverup does manage to do something the hundreds of hours of
televised testimony didn't make some sense of one of the most bizarre
international political fiascoes to ever involve the U.S. government."
San Francisco Chronicle. Calvin Ahlgren
"...a sordid political thriller...What is novel about the film is its piecing
a whole cloth out of the tatters of fabric, the facilitation of a point of
view that is chillingly...convincing."
Idaho Statesman. David Ensunsa
"The filmmakers show that the Iran-Contra connection was a large
conspiracy run by the shadow government' composed of powerful
individuals who were willing to break International laws."
N.Y. Village Voice. Georgia Brown
"...hurls some hefty accusations...It briskly and aggressively zeros in on
outrageous, officially 'forgotten' issues and incidents...Those of us
credulous enough to expect that answers would flow after the hearings,
begin feeling pretty foolish."
The Oakland Tribune. Doris Worsham
"It is an explosive film...[it] strongly suggests that a more vigorous
investigation remains to be done."
Madison Daily Cardinal. Kristopher Hoeksema
"Coverup clearly demonstrates this 'affair' runs much deeper than the
public has been led to believe Pleasantly, this isn't a movie solely for
history buffs. Journalists, and activists, but also for the average person
who is concerned and intellectually involved with the present state of
San Francisco Examiner. Barbara Shulgasser
* * * * (Four Stars); "RATING: 'I' for incendiary...it is hard to say what is
more disturbing-that the charges in the film are so outrageous or that
the accusers do not seem to be fringe-dwelling lunatics...is there a
'shadow government' presiding over an illicit foreign policy? Is Coverup
the work of crackpots...? Take a look and decide for yourself."
Manhattan Daily News. David Hinckley
"The film prods us to press for answers..it also suggests Iran-Contra
belongs in a larger context, traceable to the CIA's discovery in the
1960's that drug running was an efficient way to finance covert
operations...[Coverup] raises questions that go beyond Bush, Reagan or
Ollie North - to who we want guiding our national behavior, and how many
of us mind if that behavior is cynical, uncaring or flat-out stupid."
N.Y. Post. V.A. Musetto
"Coverup makes a persuasive argument...it's quite convincing and
The Reader. Henry Sheehan
"Barbara Trent's Coverup is...yet another reminder of the curious way
in which Americans view their relationship to the Third World...[it]
makes its points quickly and efficiently...This is hot stuff, the kind of
allegations that the mainstream press never prints without a host of
eviscerating qualifications and denials...[T]hese experts and
witnesses...are a persuasive group, and not many of them seem to be
shooting from the hip."
Variety. Todd McCarthy
"Politically potent...highly explosive...Coverup keeps the pressure on
regarding a very murky area. Insisting that considerable more digging
remains to be done."
Film Documentary. Joan Friedberq
"Coverup...puts together a scenario which reads like fiction, is backed
up by convincing testimony and hard evidence, and is certain to be a hot
potato...Coverup provides the viewer with convincing documentation and
testimony from an impressive variety of credible witnesses."
L.A. Weekly. John Powers
"This new film from the Empowerment Project moves beyond the
personalization of politics...and provides an extremely valuable
corrective to the silence of the government and the mainstream
media...Coverup focuses on the key issues you aren't hearing about...
[it] offers an elegant and damning presentation of inelegant and damnable
facts about our government's behavior."
St. Louis Riverfront Times. Joseph Schuster
"...compelling...mind-boggling...What we're talking here is death as a
political expedient, the suspension of personal liberty, cooperation with
terrorists and drug runners."
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