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1980 (West Germany) See more »
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"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A lost classic of strength and purpose.Find it. See it. See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Patrick Boland ... First Tribunal Defendant
Kent Foreman ... Defendant in the tribunal

Carmen Argenziano ... Jay Kaufman, Tribunal Defendant
Luke Johnson ... Defendant in the tribunal
Katherine Quittner ... Nancy Smith

Scott Turner ... James Arthur Kohler, Tribunal Defendant
Stan Armsted ... Charles Robbins
Mary Ellen Kleinhall ... Allison Mitchner
Mark Keats ... William C. Hoeger, Tribunal Chairman
Gladys Golden ... Mary Jurgens, Tribunal Member
Sanford Golden ... Sen. Harris
George Gregory ... Mr. Keagan
Norman Sinclair ... Alfred J. Sully - Tribunal Member
Sigmund Rich ... Prof. Hazlett
Paul Rosenstein ... Paul Reynolds - Tribunal Member
Lee Marks ... Robert J. Donovan, FBI Agent
Sandy Cox ... Stenographer
Fred Franklyn ... James Daly, Defense Attorney (as Frederick Franklyn)
Ross Briegleb ... Tribunal Doctor
Joe Hudgins ... Chief Tribunal Marshall
Radger Greene ... Federal Marshall
Tom Kemp ... Tribunal Marshall
Harry McKasson ... Tribunal Marshall
Harold Beaulieu ... Desert Militant
Cynthia Jenkins ... Desert Militant
Jack London ... Desert Militant
Bob Lewine ... Desert Militant (as Rob Lewine)
Rolando González ... Desert Semi-Militant (as Roland Gonzalez)
Viola Gonzalez ... Desert Semi-Militant
Jack Gozdick ... Desert Semi-Militant
Brian Hart ... Desert Semi-Militant
Linda Mandel ... Desert Semi-Militant
Don Pino ... Desert Semi-Militant
Jason Sunners ... Desert Semi-Militant (as Jason Sommers)
Conchita Thornston ... Desert Semi-Militant (as Conchita Thornton)
Gary Johnson ... Desert Pacifist
Michelle Johnson ... Desert Pacifist (as Michele Johnson)
Ted Martin ... Desert Pacifist
Don McDonald ... Desert Pacifist
Harold Schneider ... Desert Pacifist
Jim Bohan ... Captain, Sheriff's Dept.
Van Daniels ... Member, Sheriff's Dept. (as Van Daniel)
Harlan Green ... Member, Sheriff's Dept.
Dennis Wilson ... Sheriff's dept.
Paul Alelyanes ... Policeman
Kerry Cannon ... Policeman
Bob Franklin ... Policeman
Bruce McGuire ... Policeman
Ron Pennington ... Policeman
Allen Powell ... Policeman
Jim Wettstein ... Policeman
Jim Churchill ... National Guardsman
Danny Conlon ... National Guardsman
Wally McKay ... National Guardsman
Cliff Pinard ... National Guardsman
Don Vann ... National Guardsman
Charlie Wyatt ... National Guardsman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mitchell Harding ... Newscaster (voice)
Mike Hodel ... Newscaster (voice) (as Michael Hodel)
John Kerry ... Policeman
Peter Watkins ... Documentarist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Watkins 
 
Writing credits
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Peter Watkins 

Produced by
Susan Martin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Motian 
 
Cinematography by
Joan Churchill 
Peter Smokler 
 
Film Editing by
Terry Hodel 
Peter Watkins 
 
Casting by
Linda Elbow 
Laura Golden 
 
Art Direction by
David Hancock 
 
Makeup Department
Miriam Nunberg .... makeup artist
 
Art Department
Barry Wilson .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Michael C. Moore .... sound (as Michael Moore)
Wayne Nakatsu .... sound mixer
Doug Stevenson .... sound assistant
Hiroaki 'Zom' Yamamoto .... sound mixer (as Hiroki Yamoto)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harlan Chapman .... lighting technician
Kit Kalionzes .... lighting technician
John Arthur Morrill .... lighting technician (as John Morril)
Peter Smokler .... assistant camera
Richard Wells .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Susan Martin .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Linda Elbow .... continuity
Laura Golden .... production assistant
Harlan Green .... production assistant
Brian Hart .... titles
 

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88 min
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France:-12 | Germany:16 | UK:X | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R
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Whole movie was filmed using Eclair 16 mm camera. Theather cut and the version for released DVD is been blown up to 35 mm film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In her tribunal closing statement, Alison Mitchner makes reference to the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, and uses the phrase "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". This phrase is in the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.See more »
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James Arthur Kohler, Tribunal Defendant:My responsibilities as a citizen in this country do not include killing for it.See more »

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A lost classic of strength and purpose.Find it. See it., 13 January 2001
Author: tjackson from Boston. MA

I had to see this movie with French subtitles, as I understand it was unavailable for 30 years. I can see why. As a mock documentary, it thinly disguises a diatribe against American society during the Vietnam era - the country's hypocrisy and its culture of violence. It is a forthright piece of agit-prop mock verite filmmaking that I can imagine would easily provoke strong reactions among the youth and among the left during that divisive era. That, of course, is its strength and its purpose. The narrative itself cuts between two scenarios. Neither is meant to be 'realistic'; each is exaggerated for impact and to push the metaphoric value of the situation. On one hand, you have a group of radicals neatly representing various factions of the left - a feminist, a pacifist, a revolutionary, a black activist, a political activist, a musician for free expression. They are brought one by one before a kind of kangaroo court made up of various bigoted, closed minded fascistic pro-war, `America Love it or Leave it' types. These 'pigs' are there to determine the guilt of these left wing 'subversives' and then give them a choice - fifteen years in a federal prison or - Punishment Park. The second scenario involves a group of radicals who have been sentenced to Punishment Park and are about to find out what that means. This story provides a second metaphor concerning American injustice and its cults of violence, division, and oppression. This group must get across the desert in 90 to 100 degree heat to a final destination, where the American flag has been placed. They have two hours to get a head start before a group of p***ed off and bloodthirsty troopers and National guardsman will attempt to hunt them down. They must then surrender or be shot. The chances - obviously - are slim. By going back and forth between these two scenes - the absurd tirades of right wing bigots against the left to the hopeless cause of radicals running for freedom in Punishment Park - the point is made quite clear. The effect of the relentless documentary style and of the film's punishing politics keeps your interest and still manages to incite and indict. Many of Watkins' images recall images of the 60's - assassinated radicals, dead blacks, assaults by National Guardsmen, gags in court, and strong echos of the McCarthy hearings. The cumulative effect is strong stuff. Where it could have gotten silly and where it could feel dated - it still disturbs. It is a fabulous premise for a political satire. It would work well now with the neo digital Verite style of the Blair Witch Project in practice and the purloined presidency of George W. and his oppressive cronies in charge.

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