Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie


2013 | 91 minutes | Rated R

In the late '80s, Morton Downey Jr. skyrocketed to infamy as the star of a ludicrously combative talk show on which our host smoked incessantly, got in screaming fights with guests, and made his points in the filthiest way possible. The flatteringly titled documentary Evocateur tells the Morton Downey Jr. story in all its repulsive glory, with jaw-dropping clips, sharply drawn animation, and even cruel “celebrity” readings of the man’s post-collegiate poetry used to paint a garishly entertaining portrait of one of the ugliest Ugly Americans ever. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll gape in horror. (DAVID SCHMADER)

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Film Credits
Seth Kramer, Daniel Miller, Jeremy Newberger