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Taking Back Our Town (2001)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 10 December 2001
A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Pillsbury

Writers:

Monte Stettin (teleplay), Susanna Styron (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Innes ... Pat Melancon
Ruby Dee ... Emelda West
Chris Bauer ... James Melancon
Myndy Crist ... Lisa LaVie
Hallee Hirsh ... Catherine Melancon
Finn Carter
Keith Szarabajka
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Gloria
Tim DeKay
Garrett M. Brown
Randle Mell
John DiMaggio
Kate Norby ... Tammy
Virginia Capers
Paul Vincent O'Connor
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Storyline

A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known as "cancer alley". Pat and a few newly recruited, fledgling activitsts face the full force of Shintech's wealth and influence peddling, which has bought the cooperation of the government from the local level all the way up to the Governor's office. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes ordinary women become heroes.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Few Good Hearts See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was based on a series of articles by Christi Daugherty, an investigative journalist who exposed the real-life environmental violations at the Shintech chemical plant in Convent, Louisiana, which form the factual basis for the story. The articles were published in New Orleans-based publication, 'Gambit Weekly', and also taken up by various global news organizations, including the New York Times. See more »

Quotes

Emelda West: I don't see black or white, I just see wrong is wrong.
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A terrific, resonating Lifetime Channel Movie
20 December 2001 | by ddhirshSee all my reviews

As the Hollywood Reporter states, this is a "must see" Lifetime Channel Movie. Laura Innes is superb in the lead role and is backed up by terrific supporting performances. True to life stories such as this is, are often rather boring, predictable and full of cliche. Not so with Taking Back Our Town. It engages the viewer and moves along crisply building suspense all the way. Especially enjoyed seeing young and talented Hallee Hirsh (namesake?) playing Laura's character's daughter. She was believable and charming in this role and shows her tremendous range as an up and coming "One to Watch".


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