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In the King of Prussia (1983)

Dramatization of the trial of Christian anti-war activists, known collectively as the "Plowshares Eight". In September 1980, they broke into a General Electric weapons plant in King of ... See full summary »

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Daniel Berrigan ...
Himself / Defendant
Philip Berrigan ...
Himself / Defendant
Futura 2000 ...
Graffiti artist (Opening Credits)
Dean Hammer ...
Himself / Defendant
John Randolph Jones ...
Richard Moravec
Carl Kabat ...
Himself / Defendant
Susan Lynch ...
Catholic Activist
Elmer Mass ...
Himself / Defendant
Anna Montgomery ...
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Scott Robbe ...
Officer Bolling
Molly Rush ...
Herself / Defendant
John Schuchardt ...
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Judge Samuel Salus II
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Dramatization of the trial of Christian anti-war activists, known collectively as the "Plowshares Eight". In September 1980, they broke into a General Electric weapons plant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and in an act of protest against nuclear proliferation, poured vials of their own blood onto secret missle plans, burned other files, and damaged nosecones intended for nuclear missles. The direct-to-video production is intercut with clips from actual news coverage of the trial. The "Plowshares Eight" portray themselves in the production, and after taping was complete, reported to court for their imprisonment. Written by Baroque <gopher_baroque@hotmail.com>

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And they shall beat their swords into plowshares.

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13 February 1983 (USA)  »

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O caso de King of Prussia  »

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The actual defendants in the trial portray themselves. After videotaping was complete, they appeared in court for their imprisonment. After 10 years of appeals, they were placed on 23 1/2 months probation, in consideration for their time served in prison. See more »

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The film begins with a young man spray-painting the film's title as a graffitti mural on a blank white wall. See more »

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I was surprised
25 July 2003 | by (Bonn, Germany) – See all my reviews

20 years after watching the film I stumbled across it again on IMDB finding that already 6(!) people had voted for it. I was surprised, because I always considered this movie important and very substancial.

In 1980 the so called "plowshares eight", some religeously motivated peace activists entered a nuclear warhead facility (sounds incredibly easy) and damaged warheads and spilled their own blood in protest against the nuclear arms race.

The movie covers the trial, in which the plowshares eight were convicted to 5 to 10 years in jail. Even if you believe that these people deserve some kind of punishment, you will be surprised by the proceedings and the outcome. The plowshares eight played themselves during the breaks of the actual trial. It took them 10 years and several trials to regain their freedom.

In the King of Prussia is a very impressive semi-documentary. A true story that can make you speechless.


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