Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

TIGHTEN YOUR BELTS, BITE THE BULLET

Year: 1980
Country: United States
Run Time: 48 minutes

TIGHTEN YOUR BELTS, BITE THE BULLET

How often have you said "it's like comparing apples and oranges?" Well have you heard the one about the Big Apple 'n' The Plum? TIGHTEN YOUR BELTS, BITE THE BULLET is an unsparing examination of the very different policies the mayors of New York and Cleveland developed when confronted with fiscal problems and their cities' banking interests. The facts and figures are corroborated in a number of maps and graphs. Statistics give way to watching defiant Dennis Kucinich fight the Goliath's of Cleveland banking and win the battle for Muni Light. Kucinich is a heroic contrast to New York Mayor Ed Koch, at whom the documentary's disapproving finger is pointed as his city sells out to the banks. Despite the ever-growing list of problems that continue to beset our city, as well as most American cities, Clevelanders can take a measure of pride while viewing TIGHTEN YOUR BELTS, BITE THE BULLET's uncompromising comparison of New York and Cleveland's financial solutions.



". . .made with a passion. . ." - New York Times



"TIGHTEN YOUR BELTS, BITE THE BULLET could scarcely be more timely." - New York Magazine

Producer
James Gaffney, Martin Lucas and Jonathan Miller

Cinematography
Kevin Keating and Robert Achs

Editing
Mary Lampson, Martin Lucas, Marci Reaven and Judy Rabinowitz

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