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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

give them the business but without his participation, in a desperate attempt to escape the confines of this dangerous occupation in which he finds them all. Wanting to move into environmental work, he later agrees to collaboration as a ruse to buy time to allow himself, Chon and O to disappear. The cartel’s enforcer Lado suspects the move, and the cartel kidnaps O, using her as leverage to force Ben and Chon to cooperate in a first transaction with the cartel. The full deal requires that Ben and Chon work for three years, and that in return O will be released after

in The cinema of Oliver Stone
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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

about their ideology, tactics or philosophy in the battle to end the ‘occupation’ of their land as they saw it, but also, pragmatically, how much it would cost to buy a tank. The seemingly odd questioning was actually what still remains prevalent in politics for Stone: it is about power, persuasion and accountability, and those things are still acquired by the same age-​old means: influence, connections and money. Notes 1 Interview with Oliver Stone, Santa Monica, CA, 8 December 2011. 2 Richard Heffner, ‘The Open Mind, ‘History as an “Act of Faith”: Dallas, November

in The cinema of Oliver Stone