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Joshua Tickell & Rebecca Harrell Tickell

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About the Movie

Pump is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it – and finally win choice at the pump. Today, oil is our only option of transportation fuel at the pump. Our exclusive use of it has drained our wallets, increased air pollution and sent our sons and daughters to war in faraway lands. Pump shows us how, through the use of a variety of replacement fuels, we will be able to fill up our cars – cheaper, cleaner and American made - and in the process, create more jobs for a stronger, healthier economy. The film features notable experts such as John Hofmeister, former President of Shell Oil US; Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors; Peter Goldmark, former president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and other noteworthy figures who share their passionate views and knowledge. Right now, we have the ability to change our country’s future, but we never knew it. Aren’t we tired of being taken for a ride? Pump is the movie that could change that.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: As filmmaking, "Pump" sometimes resembles a Super Bowl commercial. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Sep 18, 2014

Fresh: "Pump" is quite entertaining, drawing together colorful archival footage, interviewed experts and ordinary folk ... in a lively, professional package. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Sep 18, 2014

Fresh: As far as documentaries go, the film is exhaustively researched, interviewed and documented. – Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, Sep 18, 2014

Fresh: Compelling and cogent ... – Diana Clarke, Village Voice, Sep 16, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Very informative, inspiring

Eye-opening and informative. Everyone should see this! I had only a vague idea about fuel options other than gas. This documentary gave me the facts and showed me a global picture of fuel consumption and fuel alternatives. So many people have misinformed ideas about ethanol and biodiesel. We need to demand more options at the pump. It's possible to create change. We can be free of our dependency on oil, foreign or domestic. Watch this film. Tell your friends and family, let's demand choices at the pump!

Awesome Docu!

As a movie it's great - entertaining and informative. But really what's great about this one is that it doesn't just tell us about a problem, it provides us with a real solution. This is something that is really rare in a documentary. And given the huge consequences of oil dependency, it's refreshing to hear that there are real solutions that we can begin to enact today.

Concerned citizen

The best thing about Pump is that it’s not out to convince me to buy some new, teensy car to help the environment. It understands that I love cars, that Americans in general love their cars. Even my guzzling old ‘Stang that rumbles and roars when I let it off the leash. Thing is, precious little has to change to make a big difference: We can put E85 in the cars we drive now, even if it doesn’t say explicitly it’s FlexFuel. Mutton-chop man shows how easy it is to “flash” a car’s computer to make it accommodate ethanol. Pump shows there’s a world of choices out there, if you’ll only stop thinking your choices run the gamut between 87 and 91 gas. Electric, hydrogen, CNG cars. Anything that keeps more oil in the ground is the right choice.

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