Battle in Seattle

Release date: September 19, 2008

Studio: Redwood Palms Pictures

Director: Stuart Townsend

MPAA Rating: R (for language and some violence)


Starring: Woody Harrelson, Martin Henderson, Connie Nielsen, Charlize Theron, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ray Liotta, Ivana Milicevic, Jennifer Carpenter, Isaach de Bankole, André Benjamin, Channing Tatum, Tzi Ma, Rade Sherbedzija

Genre: Drama, Action

Duration: N/A

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Plot Summary:

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.

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