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December 1979 (USA) See more »
Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Karleton Armstrong ... Himself - Anti-War Activist, Convicted Bomber
Betty Boardman ... Herself - Quaker Peace Activist (also archive footage)

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself - Activist
Henry Haslach ... Himself - Student Activist (also archive footage)
Gaylord Nelson ... Himself - US Senator (also archive footage)
Wahid Rashad ... Himself - Student Activist (also archive footage)
Jim Rowen ... Himself - Student Activist, Assistant to Mayor Soglin (also archive footage)
Paul Soglin ... Himself - Student Activist, Mayor of Madison (also archive footage)
Evan Stark ... Himself - Student Activist (also archive footage)
Jack von Mettenheim ... Himself - Businessman, Anti-Hitler Student Activist
H. Edwin Young ... Himself - President, Univ. of Wisconsin (also archive footage)
Maurice Zeitlin ... Himself - Professor, Univ. of Wisconsin (also archive footage)
Spiro Agnew ... Himself - White House Conference, Beside Connally (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Bablitch ... Himself - Law Student, Observer (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Connally ... Himself - White House Conference, Beside Agnew (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ngo Dinh Diem ... Himself - with Nixon in Vietnam (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Ehrlichman ... Himself - White House Conference (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - Discusses Domino Theory (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wilbur Emory ... Himself - Madison Police Chief (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gerald Ford ... Himself - Congressman, Anti-Democrat Speech in Madison (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ernest Gruening ... Himself - Remarks on Tonkin Gulf, on Karleton Armstrong (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alexander Haig ... Himself - White House Conference (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself - Speech at U. of Wisconsin (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself - No Wider War Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Kastenmeier ... Himself - Congressman (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself - Discusses Escalation in Vietnam (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ted Kennedy ... Himself - Tries to Give Speech at U. of Wisconsin (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself - Marches (archive footage) (uncredited)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Warren Knowles ... Himself - Wisconsin Governor (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Krooth ... Himself - Law Student, Protester (archive footage) (uncredited)
Melvin Laird ... Himself - Secretary of Defense (archive footage) (uncredited)
Duc Tho Le ... Himself - Meets with Kissinger (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eugene McCarthy ... Himself - Speech in Wisconsin (archive footage) (uncredited)

George McGovern ... Himself - 1968 Democratic National Convention (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert McNamara ... Himself - Speech on Hanoi Bombing (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charlene Mitchell ... Herself - Communist Party Candidate (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wayne Morse ... Himself - Remarks Against Eugene McCarthy (archive footage) (uncredited)

Paul Newman ... Himself - 1968 Democratic National Convention (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself - Gives Post-Election Plans for Vietnam (archive footage) (uncredited)
Donald O. Peterson ... Himself - Democratic National Committee (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gordon Roseleip ... Himself - Wisconsin Senator (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Warren ... Himself - Wisconsin Attorney General (archive footage) (uncredited)
William C. Westmoreland ... Himself - Visits U. of Wisconsin, 1959 (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Glenn Silber 
Barry Alexander Brown (co-director)
Produced by
Barry Alexander Brown .... producer
Glenn Silber .... producer
Cinematography by
Richard March 
Film Editing by
Chuck France 
Sound Department
Margaret Crimmins .... sound editor
Paul Dingman .... sound recordist
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Kathleen King .... sound recordist
Susan Lazarus .... sound editor
Neal Marshad .... sound re-recordist
Thomas A. Naunas .... sound effects (as Tom Naunas)
Thomas A. Naunas .... sound recordist (as Tom Naunas)
Joshua Waletzky .... sound editor (as Josh Waletzky)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chuck France .... additional cinematography
Other crew
Sherman Grinberg .... archive source (as Sherman Grindberg Library)
Emile de Antonio .... special thanks (as Emile De Antonio)

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Seeing the movie as part of a college class, 10 July 2006
Author: vschauf from Midlothian, Illinois

In 1982, when I was a freshman at Edgewood College, I was in an Intro to Political Science; Jim Rowen was my teacher. It was an outstanding class and very influential on my political outlook. I began the class a Republican like my parents and family and at the end of the semester was a Democrat.

The movie was very informative and documented very well the trials and tribulations that the protesters experienced and often times suffered. The build up to the Sterling Hall bombing was very vivid and riveting.

Both the movie, and moreso the class, taught me how wasteful Pentagon spending is when done excessively as it was during the Reagan years as well as with the poor, misguided president we have now.

The movie indicates that with poor policies which lead a nation into a war they have no business fighting, then there will often be repression by the government justifying the war and diligent, compelling people asking questions and voicing their dissent. The hope is that there are enough diligent people as there were during the Vietnam War to make a difference.

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