The Panama Deception (1992)


NVG9871-03“You would think from the video clips that we have seen, that this whole thing was just a Mardi Gras, that the people in Panama were just jumping up and down with glee.” – Rep. Charles Rangel

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Dec 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A documentary telling the true story behind the US Invasion of Panama in 1989.

My Take on it – I’m not much of a fan of documentaries, but every so often, I am convinced to watch one and a few times have been really surprised at the quality.

The viewing of this one came about after a conversation with JJames during which I was reminded about a personal connection to this movie. (Thanks JJames)!

In May 1993, 3 months after this movie won Best Documentary at the Oscars, I actually met Director/Producer Barbara Trent in a Comedy Club in suburban Detroit.  She sat down at the table next to my friends and I and she had her newly won Oscar with her.  We were all listening to a set by Richard Belzer and I asked her if the Oscar was real.

When she told me who she was, I immediately recognized her from the Oscar Ceremony and that it was a real Oscar.  She told me that she was friends with Belzer and was waiting for him.  I then offered her some money for the Oscar and although I pleaded, she obviously didn’t relent. 🙂

In lieu of selling me the Oscar, she at least let me hold it.

So I can honestly say that I have held an real Oscar in my hand once in my life.

Thanks Barbara Trent!!!

The movie itself opened my eyes to some very interesting facts about the invasion of Panama that I had never known about.  It was articulate and kept me interested throughout the entire 90 minutes of viewing time.

Bottom Line – Interesting documentary that seems to really break the story about the truth behind the invasion. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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