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Director:
Writer:
Haskell Wexler (written by)
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Release Date:
1970 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
Beyond the age of innocence... into the age of awareness
Plot:
TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Fascinating Sixties Document See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Robert Forster ... John Cassellis

Verna Bloom ... Eileen

Peter Bonerz ... Gus

Marianna Hill ... Ruth
Harold Blankenship ... Harold
Charles Geary ... Harold's Father
Sid McCoy ... Frank Baker
Christine Bergstrom ... Dede
William Sickingen ... News Director
Robert McAndrew ... Pennybaker
Marrian Walters ... Social Worker
Beverly Younger ... Rich Lady
Edward Croke ... Plain-clothesman
Doug Kimball ... Newscaster

Peter Boyle ... Gun Clinic Manager
Georgia Todda ... Secretary
Sandra Ann Roberts ... Blonde in Car
Janet Langhart ... Maid
Jeff Donaldson ... Black Militant
Bill Sharp ... Black Militant
Robert Paige ... Black Militant
Richard Abrams ... Black Militant
Walter Bradford ... Black Militant
Russell Davis ... Black Militant
Felton Perry ... Black Militant
Val Grey ... Black Militant
Livingston Lewis ... Black Militant
Barbara Jones ... Black Militant
John Jackson ... Black Militant
Linda Handelman ... Gun Clinic Lady
Maria Friedman ... Gun Clinic Lady
Kathryn Schubert ... Gun Clinic Lady
Barbara Brydenthal ... Gun Clinic Lady
Elizabeth Moisant ... Gun Clinic Lady
Rose Bormacher ... Gun Clinic Lady

China Lee ... Roller Derby Patron
Roger Phillips
Robert Blankenship
Jim Jacobs ... Kennedy Student (as James Jacobs)
Spence Jackson ... Kennedy Student
Dorien Suhr ... Kennedy Student
Kenneth Whitener ... Kennedy Student
Connie Fleischauer ... Kennedy Student
Mary Smith ... Kennedy Student
Nancy Lee Noble ... Kennedy Student (as Nancy Noble)
Simone Zorn ... Media Person
Madeleine Marcou ... Media Person
Mickey Pallas ... Media Person
Morris Bleckman ... Media Person
Lester Brownlee ... Media Person (as Lestre Brownlee)
Linn Ehrlich ... Media Person
Wally Wright ... Media Person
Sam Ventura ... Media Person
George Bouillet ... Media Person
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard J. Daley ... Himself (uncredited)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself - Giving Final Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sirri Murad ... Himself (uncredited)

Haskell Wexler ... Cameraman on Scaffold (uncredited)

Directed by
Haskell Wexler 
 
Writing credits
Haskell Wexler (written by)

Produced by
Michael Philip Butler .... associate producer
Tully Friedman .... producer
Steven North .... associate producer
Haskell Wexler .... producer
Jerrold Wexler .... producer
Jonathan Haze .... line producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Mike Bloomfield 
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Verna Fields 
 
Art Direction by
Leon Ericksen  (as Leon Erickson)
 
Production Management
Jonathan Haze .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wendell Franklin .... assistant director
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Newman .... sound (as Chris Newman)
Kay Rose .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael D. Margulies .... camera operator (as Mike Margulies)
Tom Ryan .... gaffer
Ron Vargas .... camera assistant
Haskell Wexler .... camera operator
Andrew Davis .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Golding .... editorial consultant
Marsha F. Griffin .... assistant editor (as Marsha Griffin)
 
Music Department
Mike Bloomfield .... music performer (as Michael Bloomfield)
Paul Butterfield .... music performer
Marcus Doubleday .... music performer
Bob Jones .... music performer
Noel Jukes .... music performer
John Kahn .... music performer
Ira Kamin .... music performer
Fred Olson .... music performer
Jerry Oshita .... music performer
 
Other crew
Jonathan Haze .... assistant to producer
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor
William Schwartz .... production assistant
James Talbot .... title designer
Studs Terkel .... our man in Chicago
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
111 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | USA:R (re-rating) (1970) | USA:X (1969)
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Trivia:
The line "Watch out, Haskell, it's real!" was actually dubbed in after the shooting. It was supposedly what Haskell Wexler was thinking to himself and he wanted to include it. Verna Bloom literally stands out in the film because of her yellow outfit. Bloom said she picked the outfit because she thought her character, a woman of modest means, would wear something like that. It just happened to contrast with what everyone else was wearing, so you notice her.See more »
Quotes:
John Cassellis:Jesus I love to shoot film.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Mondo cane (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sweet Georgia BrownSee more »

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating Sixties Document, 5 June 2004
Author: RobertF87 from Scotland

This film is a mixture of documentary footage and conventional narrative.

It tells the story of a tough news camera-man (Robert Forster) who falls for a young widow (Verna Bloom) and befriends her thirteen-year-old son, against the back-drop of the riots in Chicago in 1968.

The film utilises both professional actors and non-professionals, to very good effect. In fact there are scenes, such as the riot sequences, where there is a genuine sense of danger.

The main flaw in the film is that the love story is not well-handled and often quite dull, the far more interesting events are happening elsewhere.

This is a deeply political work and is savagely critical of the callous and cynical media, which distorts people's perceptions of the world.

Worth watching for anyone interested in the sixties, political cinema or American independent film.

Great soundtrack too.

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