Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins

Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins

RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS tells the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril, and said "Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country." Molly's words have proved prescient. Now it's up to us to raise hell! Directed by Janice Engel

Running Time
93 minutes
Release to DVD: T.B.A.

The Critics Comment

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Movie Nation/Roger Moore
“Raise Hell” is a movie of laughs, because nobody ever popped the balloons of political pretense like the hard-drinking, chain-smoking six-foot permanent “outsider” Molly Ivins.

The Wrap/Alonso Duralde
“Raise Hell” reminds us of the never-ending importance of those skilled observers with the ability to speak truth to power. And if, like Ivins, they can make us laugh while doing so, then they’re all the more essential.

The Playlost/Kimber Myers
Similar to RGB, Raise Hell preaches to the small choir that adored Ivins, but this documentary sings a beautiful new psalm that will reach new disciples and renew the follower faith like a tent revival.

The Los Angeles Times/Molly Ivins
“Raise Hell” does more than allow us to bask in Ivins’ trademark attitude and humor; it shows us how she got that way and explores the toll that being the public Molly Ivins took on her personal life.

The Hollywood Reporter/Caryn James
The documentary rarely presses its larger points. But it calmly reveals how much journalism has changed since Ivins started out in the late 1960s, yet how relevant her observations about the blight of corporate money in politics and threats to the First Amendment remain today.


Film Club's The Lost Weekend Winner: Best Documentary

Milwaukee Film Festival Winner: Women in Film Award

Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival Winner: Special Presentations(Doc)

SXSW Film Festival Winner: Festival Favourites

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