Down And Out In America


(out of 5)

Lee Grant examines the effect of the mid-80s recession on America’s population in various parts of the country: farmers who are fighting the loss of their land due to the disappearance of their industry, factory workers losing their jobs to manufacturing being moved overseas, and the newly homeless in Manhattan whose lives are destroyed by a system that has no safety net.  In a very compact, hard-hitting sixty minutes, Grant’s Oscar-winning documentary does a fantastic job of getting into the lives of her subjects and giving them ample opportunity to express their feelings about their situations. What she discovers is a nation full of people who know full well why there are grieved, but have not given up their pursuit of happiness. It’s a marvelous piece of work, not uplifting, but definitely enlightening.


USA, 1986

Directed by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Film Editing by

Academy Award
Best Documentary (Feature) (Joseph Feury, Milton Justice, producers) (TIE)



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