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The Activist (1969)

X | | Drama | 10 December 1969 (USA)
Mike, a college student, makes an impassioned anti-war speech on campus, which is carried on live television, causing a storm of controversy. His girlfriend leaves him, but he finds himself... See full summary »

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Michael Smith ...
Mike Corbett
Lesley Taplin ...
Lee James (as Lesley Gilb)
Tom Maier ...
Prof. Peter Williams
Brian Murphy ...
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Home Owner
Patricia Ritchie ...
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Mike, a college student, makes an impassioned anti-war speech on campus, which is carried on live television, causing a storm of controversy. His girlfriend leaves him, but he finds himself attracted to her roommate Lee, and they fall in love. He must choose between his love for Lee and his dedication to the anti-war cause. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Time capsule from 1969
20 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Produced on a tiny budget of $56,000, this labor of love marked Jo and Art Napoleon's last effort together. Later that year, they moved to Europe, and Art changed careers to become a psychotherapist. Featuring one of the renowned Oakland Seven, free-speech activist Mike Smith, in the title role (with his entire spoken performance replaced by the voice of the filmmakers' son), the film is a glimpse into the world of the late sixties, when the Vietnam war was at its most unpopular, and kids were being gassed and even shot for participating in demonstrations. Leslie Gilb is the standout performance as Mike's girlfriend, Lee. Though sometimes awkward and unevenly paced, it still offers a fascinating contemporary take on a time when young people were unapologetic in their intent to change the government's policies, and were convinced they could still change the world.


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