Release date:September 19, 2008
Studio:Redwood Palms Pictures
MPAA Rating:R (for language and some violence)
Starring:Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta, Martin Henderson, Michelle Rodriguez, André Benjamin, Connie Nielsen, Joshua Jackson, Jennifer Carpenter, Rade Sherbedzija, Isaach de Bankole, Channing Tatum, Ivana Milicevic, Tzi Ma
In 1999, five days rocked the world as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle in protest of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Environmentalists, consumer advocates, labor unions, students, anarchists and pacifists all converged, bringing attention to how the WTO's policies were affecting democracy around the world. The upcoming presidential election has now reinvigorated the debate over global trade policy. Django (Andre Benjamin), Sam (Jennifer Carpenter), Lou (Michelle Rodriguez) and Jay (Martin Henderson) are united in their desire to be heard and to make a difference, for these protesters, this is very personal and the stakes are higher than mere politics. A peaceful demonstration to stop the WTO talks quickly escalates into a full-scale riot and an eventual State of Emergency results. The streets are mayhem, the WTO is paralyzed. Caught in the crossfire are Seattle residents, including its beleaguered mayor (Ray Liotta), a riot cop on the streets (Woody Harrelson) and his pregnant wife (Charlize Theron). The choices they make will change their lives forever and prove, ultimately, that ordinary people can change the world. With his ensemble cast writer/director Stuart Townsend intertwines different points of view from a cross section of society – from protestors and police to delegates and doctors – who intentionally or accidentally find themselves on the streets of Seattle in those last days of the millennium. Townsend merges footage of the real event with his fictional narrative and, ultimately, Battle in Seattle illustrates that, even against incredible odds, ordinary people can change the world.