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Trump: What's the Deal? (1991)

| Documentary | 2015 (USA)
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Examines claims made by Donald Trump around his persona and his business approach.


Jesse Kornbluth



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Credited cast:
Jonathan Alter ... Himself
Gary Belis Gary Belis ... Himself
Jimmy Breslin ... Himself
Graydon Carter ... Himself
Vincent DeSimone Vincent DeSimone ... Himself
Ned Eichler Ned Eichler ... Himself
Brendan Gill Brendan Gill ... Himself
Tony Gliedman Tony Gliedman ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Goldberger Paul Goldberger ... Himself
Richard Greenfield Richard Greenfield ... Himself
Peter Hadhazy Peter Hadhazy ... Himself
Verina Hixon Verina Hixon ... Herself
Charles Kimball Charles Kimball ... Himself
Larry King ... Himself (archive footage)
John Leo John Leo ... Himself


Donald Trump is one of the richest and most famous men in America, but on what foundation has his success been built? From accusations of harassment to repeated flirtations with bankruptcy, his very public business career has been one of artifice and intrigue; a Machiavellian performance played out before the American media. Originally produced in 1991, "Donald Trump: What's the Deal?" investigates the unscrupulous reality behind this most public of figures. Swaggering and assured, exaggerated statements have become Trump's trademark, making him as much a celebrity as a businessman; a poster boy for American capitalism. This air of cocky invincibility has, however, repeatedly hidden a questionable and often duplicitous business approach. Ignoring the facade, this remarkable and revealing documentary exposes the unsavory truth of the self-professed 'People's Billionaire'.

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Christopher Reeve: ...you can claim all sorts of things if no one bothers to question you.
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Trump: What's The Deal?
12 December 2016 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

When this film was made, a quarter of a century ago - yikes! - people were ready to write off Donald Trump. One person who was not impressed with him was the late Christopher Reeve. What would he make of Donald J. Trump, President Elect of the United States?

The people who put this film together were clearly not Trump supporters much less friends, although for the appearance of balance, some of the latter have been included. So was Trump a bully, a con man, even a snake oil salesman? None of that matters now, clearly he was and is a successful businessman, even if he did play footloose with the law at times, and get lucky when he could have gone bust. Time will tell if Americans have made the right decision, but another quarter of a century on, expect to see a far more favourable biography of Trump the politician: on film, on paper, and in the public perception.

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