Before Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh grew to national prominence, there was a loudmouthed would-be populist firebrand named Morton Downey Jr., who had a nationally syndicated talk show that lasted less than two years. The chain-smoking, motormouthed host railed against the world, and was cheered on by an intense, loyal, and vocal live audience that could best be described as a combination of professional-wrestling enthusiasts and proto-Jerry Springer
fans. Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
, directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger, recalls his meteoric rise and fall, even if it never finds a way to make his story relevant.