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One October

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Rachel Shuman

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About the Movie

Filmed in October 2008 on the eve of Obama's historic election and an unprecedented economic crisis, this lyrical portrait of New York City follows WFMU radio reporter Clay Pigeon as he takes to the streets to talk to fellow New Yorkers about their lives, their dreams, and their relationship with a transforming city. As part of what he calls a “radio experiment,” this transplanted Iowan roams the streets bearing a handheld recorder and a kindly probing nature: “Has he popped the question?” “When is the last time you’ve had a regular roof over your head?” “Do you love America?” These revealing interviews are woven between vivid scenes of New York’s eccentric byways, which together reveal a city—and a nation—at a crossroads.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 9.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's Pigeon's sincere approach here and throughout the documentary that holds the audience's attention. His dulcet tone and affable manner allow him to get close to people, gain their trust, and encourage their openness. – Ruth Kinane, Entertainment Weekly, May 7, 2018

Fresh: A time capsule with easy, humanistic charm. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, May 11, 2018

Fresh: The election, the 2008 financial crash, the sense that the city is becoming less habitable for the non-wealthy: This is One October's bracing context. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, May 8, 2018

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Customer Reviews

A New Yorker’s New York

A very special film. I loved it. The diversity of spaces, faces, places shows a New York I hold close to my heart. And the conversation about change resonates without being confined to location or time. It’s heart-breaking to see what’s become of our world in the last ten years, so ominous in the film.

genuinely moving

I loved this movie! New York's got so much poetry and Clay Pigeon and director Rachel Shuman capture a vivid strain of it.

NYC as a reflection of ourselves

I truly enjoyed this film--it had me captivated. It’s like an advanced level people-watching session. For all the East Coast bias and New York heavy news that we are exposed to in California, there will always be a certain fascination with the people and places that make up New York City. The film succeeds in putting faces and voices to the streets on the maps. Plus, it was interesting to watch it as both a study of a snapshot of an earlier time and also a comment on the state of current events.

The idea that I found most intriguing was the argument between a city "reinventing itself" vs "losing its identity". Seems like two sides of the same coin. I'm sure the change that NYC is experiencing can be felt as a metaphor for all of us on an individual level. Is our identity ever-changing to fit the influences of the world or are we essentially who we are at our core regardless of what happens around us?

One October
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2018

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