The One Percent

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This article is about the 2006 documentary film. For the wealthiest 1% of people in a country, see We are the 99%. For other uses, see One percent.
The One Percent
Directed by Jamie Johnson
Produced by Jamie Johnson
Nick Kurzon
Music by Robert Miller
Cinematography Nick Kurzon
Edited by Matthew Hamachek
Nick Kurzon
Michael Levine

The One Percent is a 2006 documentary about the growing wealth gap between America's wealthy elite compared to the overall citizenry. It was created by Jamie Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, and produced by Jamie Johnson and Nick Kurzon. The film's title refers to the top one percent of Americans in terms of wealth, who controlled 42.2 percent of total financial wealth in 2004.[1]

The film premiered on April 29, 2006, at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was reported to have been purchased by HBO and a revised version of the film, substantially re-edited and incorporating footage shot since the 2006 festival screening, premiered on February 21, 2008 on HBO's Cinemax.


The film is 79 minutes long and features interviews with a diverse range of individuals:


The documentary was well received in the social activism community and the crystallization of the term "The 1%" proved useful in future activism, including the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The basic premise of the documentary has been substantiated at numerous levels of U.S. and global society.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ G. William Domhoff (September 2005 (updated July 2011)). "Wealth, Income, and Power". Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Robert, Frank (2008-02-23). "The Rich Man's Michael Moore: Why an Heir Continues to Document -- and Anger -- the Wealthy". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 

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