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The Unforeseen (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | January 2007 (USA)
A documentary about the development around Barton Springs in Austin, Texas, and the environment's unexpected response to human interference.

Director:

Laura Dunn

Writer:

Wendell Berry (poem)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Curtis Peterson Curtis Peterson ... Himself
Gary Bradley ... Himself
Willie Nelson ... Himself
Ann Richards ... Herself
Roy Butler Roy Butler ... Himself
William Greider William Greider ... Himself
Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Bunch Bill Bunch ... Himself
Jim Bob Moffett Jim Bob Moffett ... Himself (archive footage)
Cedar Stevens Cedar Stevens ... Herself
Nico Hauwert Nico Hauwert ... Himself
Chock Woodruff Chock Woodruff ... Himself
Neil Tuttrup Neil Tuttrup ... Himself
Frank Cooksey Frank Cooksey ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Brown Dick Brown ... Himself
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Storyline

A documentary about the development around Barton Springs in Austin, Texas, and the environment's unexpected response to human interference.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To aprovlepto See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,496, 2 March 2008

Gross USA:

$90,287

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,287
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Redford spent his summers in Austin as a child. He learned to swim in the natural springs which feature so prominently in the film (Barton Springs). See more »

Goofs

A latter animation showing water lines becoming blood vessels has a noticeable shift. It appears a duplicate frame has been accidentally inserted. See more »

Quotes

Robert Redford: We're trying to get at something deeper here... which is, that force, bigger than all of us, here longer than all of us that designed something that is still mysterious to us, that we're trying to figure out and put order to... Well, that's the spirit of something, and it's best reflected in natural places.
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Crazy Credits

The closing title sequence, designed by Kyle Cooper/Prologue, begins on a massive abstract-art depiction of overdeveloped land and zooms all the way down to the surface to rest upon a single tree. Cooper requested his credit be "Closing title/Cosmic Zoom Sequence" which is what appears in the credit crawl. See more »

Connections

Features Frontline: The Great American Bailout (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Plan B
Written by Jeff Beck (as J. Beck)
Performed by Jeff Beck
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music
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Amateurish
20 May 2008 | by imxoSee all my reviews

Whether you support unfettered property rights on the one hand or a government's exercise of power to defend the common good on the other hand, this film will let you down. On the left, it's often unenlightening clap trap, especially when you notice the horribly sentimental background music. On the right, it points out the selfishness of those claiming to be the real Americans when they are mostly just "real loud" Americans. Someone should tell those folks that common sense says you don't shite where you eat, but as long as they're taking cash to the bank they'll apparently just do their business wherever they please. These people probably know that everything has consequences, but they plan for the other guy to bear those consequences, a guaranteed formula for social meltdown.

The only admirable figures in the film were a wizened old farmer and a young boy in a new suburb. Those two seemed to possess a clarity of thought singularly missing from the property developers on one side and the ecological "Nimbys" on the other. It was nice, though, to see the late Texas governor Ann Richards again, certainly a far more lucid politician than the person who replaced her.

I think neither side was well depicted in this film of the ongoing battle between personal vs. social, private vs. public. Ultimately, The Unforeseen is, unfortunately, a lightweight film on a very serious subject.


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