Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

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Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
Evocateur Official Movie Poster.jpg
Directed bySeth Kramer
Daniel A. Miller
Jeremy Newberger
Music byPeter Rundquist
Distributed byMagnolia Pictures
Release dates
  • 21 April 2012 (2012-04-21) (Tribeca)
  • 7 June 2013 (2013-06-07)
CountryUnited States
Box office$6,939[4]

Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie is a 2012 documentary film that chronicles the history of The Morton Downey Jr. Show [5] and Downey's influence on "trash TV."[6] The film also looks at Downey's relationship with Al Sharpton and other important 1980s figures,[7] as well as Downey's role as a predecessor for conservative commentators like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.[8]


Évocateur features interviews with Chris Elliott, Gloria Allred, Sally Jessy Raphael, Alan Dershowitz, Curtis Sliwa, and Richard Bey, among others. Previously unreleased footage reveals Downey's behind-the-scenes fistfights and foibles.

Évocateur also features an interview with Steven Pagones, the white assistant district attorney who was falsely accused of raping black teenager Tawana Brawley in 1988. Pagones discusses how the case and the related TV debates between Downey and Sharpton affected his life.

On July 10, 2015, CNN announced that it had acquired the broadcast rights to the film, and that the network would air it for the first time on August 13.[9] On July 31, the premiere date was pushed back to August 20.[10]


  1. ^ ‘Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie’: The Pundit’s Rise & Fall-The Daily Beast
  2. ^ The Morton Downey Jr. Doc Premmieres at Tribeca-Wall Street Journal on YouTube
  3. ^ Behind the Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Story|AOL.com
  4. ^ "Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  5. ^ Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Documentary HD-Movieclips Trailers on YouTube
  6. ^ Barnhart, Aaron (January 18, 2013). "Zip it!! New film looks at Morton Downey Jr". Kansas City Star.
  7. ^ "Thankfully, Rev. Al Sharpton No Longer Addresses His Detractors As 'Punk Faggot'". The Smoking Gun. December 16, 2010.
  8. ^ "First of a Kind". New York Post. December 22, 2010.
  9. ^ "Morton Downey, Jr. Comes to CNN in August". CNN (Press release). Atlanta, Georgia. July 10, 2015.
  10. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (July 31, 2015). "CNN Pushes Back Premiere Of 'Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie' By A Week – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 5, 2015.

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