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Citizens Against Government Encroachment -- Citoyens Anti Gouvernement Envahissant
 

 

 

 

MOVIES

 

 

The following are films which are wholly or partially grounded in libertarian philosophy.

 

Feature Films

(For amusing libertarian commentary on some of the feature films listed below and others not listed here, read Mark Skousen's "Oscar Shrugged." In it, Skousen imagines a film festival for the fictional occupants of Galt's Gulch, and transcribes the characters' imaginary post-film discussions. If you are not familiar with Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, you might be confused; but if you're a fan, the article is priceless.)

 


 A Scanner Darkly (2006): Directed by Richard Linklater; starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. Based on a Phillip K. Dick novel, the film follows an undercover narcotics detective who lives in the near-future when all human action is recorded and monitored by the government. 

Fred: He would be found lying on his back, on his bed, with a copy of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead and an unfinished letter to Exxon, protesting the cancellation of his gas credit card.

 

 


Cool Hand Luke (1967): Directed by Stuart Rosenberg; starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy. "Cool Hand" Luke Jackson is a prisoner in a Southern chain gang who rebels against the totalitarian prison authority.

Luke: Inside, outside, all of them... rules and regulations and bosses. You made me like I am. Now just where am I supposed to fit in? 

 

 

 


Fahrenheit 451 (1966): Directed by Francois Truffaut; starring Julie Christie, Oscar Werner. An adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, the film takes place in a future dystopia where the totalitarian government burns books in order to suppress clashing ideas. Guy Montag is a "fireman" who begins to read the books he is instructed to burn.

The Captain: You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal. 

 

 


The Last of the Mohicans (1992): Directed by Michael Mann, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeline Stowe. Loosely based on James Fenimore Cooper’s classic novel, the film focuses primarily on the romance between Clara, a general’s daughter, and Hawkeye, a white man raised by Mohicans. Hawkeye is a free man who lives unencumbered by the rule of law. When, through Clara, he becomes involved with the French and Indian War, his rugged individualism clashes with the British military bureaucracy.

British Officer: You call yourself a patriot, and loyal subject to the Crown?                                                                                                                           Hawkeye: I do not call myself subject to much at all.

 

 


 The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996): Directed by Milos Forman; starring Woody Harrelson, Edward Norton, Courtney Love. The true story of Larry Flynt’s legal battles over the "obscenity" in Hustler Magazine.

Alan: I don't like what Larry Flynt does, but what I do like is the fact that I live in a country where you and I can make that decision for ourselves. I like the fact that I live in a country where I can pick up Hustler magazine and read it, or throw it in the garbage can if that's where I think it belongs.

 

 


Shenandoah (1965): Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen; starring James Stewart, Katherine Ross. Charlie Anderson and his family live a quiet life on their Virginia farm. When the Civil War breaks out, neighbors and family members try to get Charlie involved in the conflict. Charlie simply wants to be left in peace.

Charlie: My corn I take seriously, because it's mine. And my potatoes and tomatoes and my fence I take note of because they're mine. But this war is not mine and I don't take note of it.

 

 


Thank You for Smoking (2005): Directed by Jason Reitman; starring Aaron Eckhart, William H. Macy, Robert Duvall. In this satire based on a Christopher Buckley novel, Nick Naylor is a morally-flexible spokesman for "Big Tobacco" who crusades to make smoking "cool" again.

Nick: Well, I need more than chocolate, and for that matter I need more than vanilla. I believe that we need freedom and choice when it comes to our ice-cream. And that, Joey Naylor, that is the definition of liberty.