The Automat

The Automat

The Automat (2021)

Featuring an original new song written and performed by Mel Brooks, THE AUTOMAT tells the 100-year story of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, the inspiration for Starbucks, where generations of Americans ate and drank coffee together at communal tables. From the perspective of former customers entertainer Mel Brooks, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Horns, the Hardarts, and key employees – we watch a business climb to its peak success and then grapple with fast food in a forever changed America.”- The Automat


Film Facts
Sub-Genres:Food, Business, Pop Culture
Run Time:1 Hour 19 Mins
How to Watch
Free:N/A
Buy/Rent:Eventive
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The District’s Quick Hits

Awards:Ad Hoc Docs Competition Award Nominee (Nashville Film Festival), Best Documentary Audience Award Winner (Miami Jewish Film Festival), Best Documentary Nominee (Palm Springs International Film Festival), Best Local Feature Pinkenson Award Nominee (Philadelphia Film Festival)
Rotten Tomatoes Score ™:96% (Tomatometer), N/A (Audience)
Director:Lisa Hurwitz
Cast: Ron Barrett, Wilson Goode, Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elliott Gould, Colin Powell, Howard Schultz
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S. Murphy

S. Murphy is the lead contributor at The Documentary District. His favorite documentary topics are: the Disney Parks, businesses, and all things 1990s pop culture.

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