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The War at Home (1979)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary, History, Music  |  December 1979 (USA)
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Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war.

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Karleton Armstrong ...
Himself - Anti-War Activist, Convicted Bomber
Betty Boardman ...
Herself - Quaker Peace Activist
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Himself - Activist
Henry Haslach ...
Himself - Student Activist
Gaylord Nelson ...
Himself - US Senator
Wahid Rashad ...
Himself - Student Activist
Jim Rowen ...
Himself - Student Activist, Assistant to Mayor Soglin
Paul Soglin ...
Himself - Student Activist, Mayor of Madison
Evan Stark ...
Himself - Student Activist
Jack von Mettenheim ...
Himself - Businessman, Anti-Hitler Student Activist
H. Edwin Young ...
Himself - President, Univ. of Wisconsin
Maurice Zeitlin ...
Himself - Professor, Univ. of Wisconsin
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Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war.

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Best historical doc on the anti-war movement
23 December 2004 | by (Niantic, CT) – See all my reviews

There are a number of films out on the anti-war movement. Some, like the recent 'Weather Underground' never really explain the historical context or the protester's politics, but just stay at the surface of personality and sensational subject matter. Others, like Berkeley in the Sixties, take a completely nostalgic view, embalming leftist politics as something cool boomers did in a now inaccessible past when they were crazy kids. The War at Home, though fills in the background, takes the politics seriously, and imagines that it might be actually worth something to the viewer. While the film is focused on events in Madison, WI, it's interest is by no means limited to folks with experience of that time or place. It's very effective microcosm of the larger movement. While the film has a fairly conventional talking-head-and-archival-clip form, it's well made and engaging. It also has no pretense to 'objectivity,' which is a good thing. A number of observers trace the decline of the anti-war movement to a turn towards violence that alienated more moderate folks who were beginning to question the war after Tet. the first signal event in this supposed turn toward the dark side was a bombing on the University of Wisconsin campus, which becomes the central event in this film. A grad student in science was killed in the blast, and there was great hue and cry that anyone would set off a bomb amidst the seat of higher learning. However, rather than simply casting the bombers as villains, the film seeks to understand their actions, and ultimately sympathizes with them. Rarely do we ever see this -- political radicalism treated as human and comprehensible -- and for presenting the side of the argument we never hear otherwise, The War at Home is a valuable and all too rare document.


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