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      Genius on Hold

      PG Released Mar 1, 2013 1 hr. 32 min. Documentary List
      83% 6 Reviews Tomatometer 50% 100+ Ratings Audience Score The story of Walter L. Shaw tells how Bell Co.'s refusal to pay for his revolutionary inventions led to his associations with organized crime. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Not every story has a hero. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting story, but then it gets polemical on its soapbox. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A gifted man who raged against the machine. The original hacker. Rest in peace. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member If there is a heaven, I hope Walter is inventing something to help his boss have a better connection with all of us down here. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Terrible. Heavy-handed. It tried to land a ridiculous broadside against capitalism using a monopolistic Ma Bell and a dysfunctional family as its contenders. There was no corroboration; only talking heads. The Kennedys, AT&T, technology, the Mob, blacklisting, deregulation, thievery, penology...I think the filmmakers set a record in the number of incoherent stories told in 90 minutes. How on earth this 12th grade history class project got 80% is beyond me.Frank Langella should file suit against the filmmakers for negatively affecting his future income as a voiceover. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review jack c Interesting subjects, shitty execution. How this gets release at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema for a minute let alone a week is beyond me. Youtube would be more sufficient. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times Marquette, aided by Frank Langella's precise narration, has crafted an engrossing and disturbing tribute. Rated: 4/5 Feb 28, 2013 Full Review Nicolas Rapold New York Times This promisingly tragic tale is sunk by cartloads of context and an overbearing, slanted narration. Rated: 2/5 Feb 28, 2013 Full Review Ernest Hardy Village Voice A far-reaching narrative of government venality and big-business greed that's all mapped succinctly but substantively. Feb 26, 2013 Full Review Brent Simon Shockya.com A movie that underscores that the winners and losers of some battles of capitalism aren't always confined to a single generation; its shadows are long ones. Rated: B- Mar 25, 2013 Full Review Doris Toumarkine Film Journal International A provocative side trip into Americana, as fascinating as it is tendentious. Mar 1, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis The story of Walter L. Shaw tells how Bell Co.'s refusal to pay for his revolutionary inventions led to his associations with organized crime.
      Director
      Gregory Marquette
      Executive Producer
      Mitchell Schultz, Jon Schultz
      Screenwriter
      Gregory Marquette
      Distributor
      Freestyle Releasing
      Production Co
      Top Cat Productions
      Rating
      PG (Brief Language|Thematic Elements|Some Smoking Images)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 1, 2013, Limited
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Dec 13, 2013
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 3, 2014