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Is a member of: EIFF 2011
Hot Coffee

USA/English (95 mins)

Edmonton Premiere! Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case. It has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system, but is that a fair rendition of the facts? After seeing this film, you may be shocked to find out who really profited from spilling hot coffee.

Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort, and to what end. But this famous case is just the tip of the iceberg, as Hot Coffee chronicles a number of shocking cases (you won’t be able to shake the story of what happened to Haliburton employee Jamie Leigh Jones), delving into the enormous ramifications of ‘tort reform’ and media manipulation.


  • Carly Hugo, Alan Oxman, Susan Saladoff


  • Susan Saladoff

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