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Active Measures

  • 2018
  • PG-13
  • 112min
  • 77%
  • 8.3 / 10

The film includes interviews with many politicians, journalists, and government officials. Footage of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is used throughout the film, although neither gave interviews specifically for the film. The list of of those interviewed includes Hillary Clinton, John McCain, John Dean, John Podesta, Sheldon Whitehouse, Michael McFaul, Evan McMullin, James Woolsey, Clint Watts, Mikheil Saakashvili, Jeremy Bash, Eric Swalwell, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Daniel Fried, Stephen Holmes, Nina Burleigh, Michael Isikoff, Craig Unger, John Mattes, Steven Pifer, and Asha Rangappa. The film shows evidence that Vladimir Putin, the leader of Russia, is behind a 30-year campaign to hurt the United States through partisan election warfare. The filmmakers prove this through a paper trail that includes real estate, money, connectsion to the Mafia, and confessions by those who took part in this campaign.

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The title Active Measures refers to a term used by Soviet and Russian security to refer to political warfare used to influence world events. This term has been used since the 1920s both in Russia and abroad and included actions such as wars, creating fake international orgianizations, and supporting underground or terrorist groups. John McCain appears in the film; he passed away of brain cancer months later, and the film was released six days after his death.


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Active Measures is a documentary film from the United States. It addresses Russian interactions in the 2016 United States presidential election and collusion between the Russians and the Donald Trump campaign. The film was released in April 2018 at the Hot Docs festival. The film was then released in the United States on August 31, 2018 and shown on limited screens throughout the United States. The film is also available through iTunes, Hulu, Vudu, Fandango Now, Google Play, and Amazon. The film was directed by Jack Bryan, written by Jack Bryand and Marley Clements, and produced by Jack Bryan and several others. The film is rated PG-13.

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