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Lizzie Borden (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 November 1983 (Australia) See more »
Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Honey ... Honey
Adele Bertei ... Isabel
Jean Satterfield ... Adelaide Norris
Florynce Kennedy ... Zella (as Flo Kennedy)
Becky Johnston ... Newspaper Editor
Pat Murphy ... Newspaper Editor

Kathryn Bigelow ... Newspaper Editor
Hillary Hurst ... Leader of Women's Army Hillary Hurst
Sheila McLaughlin ... Other Leader
Marty Pottenger ... Other Leader / Woman at Site
Lynne Jones ... Other Leader
Ron Vawter ... FBI Agent
John Coplans ... Chief
John Rudolph ... TV Newscaster
Warner Schreiner ... TV Newscaster
Valerie Smaldone ... TV Newscaster
John McLearen ... TV Spot Revolution
Pat Place ... Woman from Ragazzo
Julia Hanlon ... Woman from Ragazzo
Maria David ... Woman from Phoenix
Toviana Starks ... Woman from Phoenix
Cat Hightower ... Woman from Phoenix
Veronica Campbell ... Woman at Daycare Meeting
Mayumi Sakaguchi ... Woman at Induction
Ryan ... Girl in Subway
Chris Brewer ... Girl in Subway
Bill Tatum ... Mayor Zubrinsky
Jorge Ramos ... Rapist
Júlio Peña ... Rapist
Merián Soto ... Rape Victim
Mark Hendrien ... Man on Subway
Dana Johnson ... Woman Reading
Jerry Nixon ... Adelaide's Boss
Gary Valdes ... Co-Worker
Dirk Zimmer ... Co-Worker
Jacques Sandulescu ... Foreman at Second Site
Gary Hill ... Man in Truck
Sis McQuader ... Woman at Site
Susan Sawyer ... Woman at Site
Sherry Rosso ... Woman at Site
Donna Allegra Simms ... Woman at Site
Valerie Jones ... Woman at Site
Ramona Galindez ... Woman at Site
Katy Taylor ... Woman at Site
Marion Benjamin ... Woman at Site
Joan Ellis ... Woman at Site
Carolyn Fitzgerald ... Woman at Site
Alice Sullivan ... Woman at Site
Belle Chevigny ... Belle Gayle
Paul Zonghetti ... Agent #2
Alexa Evans ... Woman Arguing with Honey
Malick N'Diaye ... African Man
Dolly Udemzue ... African Woman
Barbara Scott ... Woman with Machine Gun
Hanita ... Voice of Woman in Desert (voice)
Diane Jacobs ... Woman at Secretary Strike
Felice Rosser ... Woman at Secretary Strike
Hal Miller ... Cop at Precinct
Peggy Lee Brennan ... Lawyer with Zella (as Peg Brennan)
Michael Sullivan ... FBI Chief #2
Nancy Reilly ... Woman in Jail / Woman Breaking Into CBS

Rosemary Hochschild ... Woman in Jail
Vanessa Zannis ... Woman in Jail
Sheila Carr ... Woman in Jail / Woman Breaking Into CBS
Ed Bowes ... Socialist Editor
Allan Ryan ... Handgun Demo
Kathy Gunst ... Woman Breaking Into CBS
Amy Chen ... Woman Breaking Into CBS
Patrick Brogan ... Washington Correspondent
Edmead Smith ... Security Guard

Mike Bencivenga ... CBS Technician

Eric Bogosian ... CBS Technician
Gregory Samuels ... CBS Technician
Walter Scheuer ... President
Paul Chevigny ... District Attorney
Joel Kovel ... Psychiatrist
Bill Sturgis ... Agent #3
Tom Whittaker ... Voice-over News (voice)

Directed by
Lizzie Borden 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lizzie Borden  screenplay
Ed Bowes  story

Produced by
Lizzie Borden .... producer
Cinematography by
Ed Bowes 
Al Santana 
Film Editing by
Lizzie Borden 
Sound Department
Tom Crawford .... additional sound
Daniel Edelman .... additional sound (as Dan Edelman)
Rachel Field .... additional sound
Rachel Reichman .... additional sound
Special Effects by
Bob Lyss .... special effects cameraman
Hisa Tayo .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Dirk Zimmer .... graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirsten Bates .... video camera
Lizzie Borden .... additional camera operator
Lizzie Borden .... additional camera operator
Tom Bowes .... video camera
Dee Dee Halleck .... video camera
Johanna Heer .... additional camera operator
Chris Hegedus .... additional camera operator
Gary Hill .... additional camera operator
Peter B. Hutton .... additional camera operator (as Peter Hutton)
Becky Johnston .... additional camera operator
Sheila McLaughlin .... additional camera operator
Phil O'Reilly .... video camera
Michael Oblowitz .... additional camera operator
Jack Ochs .... additional camera operator
Greta Schiller .... additional camera operator
Richard Tierman .... video camera
Jack Walworth .... video camera
Editorial Department
Ed Bowes .... consultant: editing
Music Department
The Bloods .... composer: theme music
Ibis .... composer: song "These Days"
Ibis .... composer: theme music
Red Crayola .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Karen Achenbach .... production assistant
Vinnie Arnold .... production assistant
Tom Bills .... production assistant
Jo Bonney .... video graphic artist
Cathy Campbell .... production assistant
Steve Cohen .... production assistant
Suzanne Fletcher .... production assistant
Ed Friedman .... production assistant
Becky High .... production assistant
Rosemary Hochschild .... production assistant
Phil O'Reilly .... video of women in desert
Roberta Raeburn .... production assistant
Jeff Ruthus .... production assistant
Ryan .... production assistant
Bill Stokes .... production assistant
Allan Tannenbaum .... production assistant
Dee Dee Halleck .... special thanks
Chris Hegedus .... special thanks
D.A. Pennebaker .... special thanks
Rafik .... special thanks
Tony Roberts .... special thanks
Walter Scheuer .... special thanks
Marvin Soloway .... special thanks
Laurie Spiegel .... special thanks
Mayo Thompson .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Canada:90 min | USA:80 min
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Eric Bogosian made his first screen appearance in this film. He is one of the TV technicians who is forced at gunpoint to play the Women's Army videotape on the air.See more »
TV Newscaster:Police have been puzzled in the last week by what they describe as well-organized bands of 15 to 20 women on bicycles attacking men on the street. While the victims have claimed that these incidents were unprovoked, eyewitness reports have led investigators to believe that these men may themselves have been attempting to assault women. However, officials have condemned the lawlessness of such vigilante groups and asked for information leading to the arrests of the women involved.
[smiles smugly]
TV Newscaster:Maybe even their telephone numbers. We'll have more information on the 11 O'Clock report. Now here's Linda with the weather.
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28 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Inspiring and important., 25 October 2002
Author: frogspun from Glasgow, Scotland

Even almost 20 years after its release, "Born In Flames" retains its sense of urgency and immediacy. This is due both to the energy of the performances, soundtrack and direction and to the fact that most of the women's demands in the film - including equality in the workplace, safety from harrasment and sexual crimes, and equal representation in government - still have not been met.

One of the film's greatest achievements is its representation of the divisions and debates within feminism. The film does not try to offer a single solution or plan of action as a definitive best way forward and so avoids tempting over-simplification of a complex set of issues. Rather than negative or unhelpful, I found this approach incredibly refreshing in a medium rife with happy endings and simple, fictional solutions.

"Born In Flames" doesn't have an answer, but it has many, many questions and many, many voices. These voices and the regular delivery of discourse straight to camera and audience has regularly led to critical disapproval and claims that it is "overly polemical". I don't find "Born in Flames" overly polemical. I don't agree with many of the opinions and strategies given voice and action in the film, but I found the experience of being directly addressed by a female character on issues that are largely invisible in mainstream cinema energising and inspiring. This film won't change the world, but it made me start writing for my fanzine again and get on the phone to my bandmates to get a practice organised. Enough films, debate, writing, and noise, and we'll get somewhere.

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