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A documentary about a political troupe headed by actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland which traveled to towns near military bases in the US in the early 1970s. The group put on shows called "F.T.A.", which stood for "F**k the Army", and was aimed at convincing soldiers to voice their opposition to the Vietnam War, which was raging at the time. Various singers, actors and other entertainers performed antiwar songs and skits during the show. Written by
The movie opened in theaters in 1972 the same week that Jane Fonda made her controversial trip to Hanoi, North Vietnam. Within a week of its release, American-International Pictures withdrew it from circulation. Director Francine Parker speculated that "calls were made from high up in Washington, possibly from the Nixon White House, and the film just disappeared." See more »
"Military law and the Constitution are two different things..."
Insubordination set to music. Occasionally incisive but fatally overlong documentary follows Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland as they lead a merry group of "subversive radicals" to areas outside of military bases in the Pacific Rim during December 1971; their mission is to perform an anti-military vaudeville show for disgruntled American GIs, complete with skits and songs. Their amusing, bitter-tinged satirical protests aside, there is a genuine understanding here for the plight of soldiers caught in the web of Vietnam, conflicted over what they're ultimately fighting for. The film has been edited with canny precision in order to be both entertaining and enlightening, though it makes its points in the first hour and then runs an extra thirty minutes. The issues raised are heated (particularly the racial factor, as blacks felt they were unfairly being targeted by the military as easy prey), though the preaching on-stage has been kept to a relative minimum in order to give the soldiers a fun evening. Many of the young men and women who attended these shows (and those who participated) took a definite risk by being branded as communist sympathizers or undemocratic malcontents, making "FTA" an edgy, often uneasy experience in hindsight. ** from ****
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