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The true story of a rich girl who was abducted by American revolutionaries in the 1970's. Her time spent with her captors made her question herself and her way of life and she joined forces with the cause that her abductors were fighting for. This created a US scandal and Patty Hearst has become a pop culture fixture. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Heiress... kidnap victim... turned urban terrorist... bank robber

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23 September 1988 (USA)  »

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$1,223,326 (USA)
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The real Patricia Hearst was pardoned by President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001--his last official act before he left office. See more »

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After the shooting at the sporting goods store, Patty says it was "just like Starsky and Hutch". Starsky and Hutch debuted in 1975, a year later than the events in that scene. See more »

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Patricia Hearst: [to Cinque] I'm really struggling to overcome my bourgeois upbringing.
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Way Back Home
Performed by The Crusaders
Written by Wilton Felder
Published by Four Knights Music
Courtesy of MCA Records
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She walked out with empty arms, machine gun in her hand
14 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on a novel be Patty herself, this film is very suspect on the actual truth, but Director Paul Schrader does a pretty good job at making the film of Hearst's kidnapping by and subsequently joining with the moronic Symbionese Liberation Army compelling throughout the duration of the film. Opting for a seemingly objective approach despite the source material. Nothing new revolving the case will be gleamed for watching this though, and one will take from it the exact same view as what one goes into it with. Personally, I don't or can't sympathize with spoiled rich girl turned violent revolutionary turned praised celebrity Hearst, but I know that there are many that do. Natasha Richardson as Patty gives a serviceable, if nothing special, job. And Ving Rhames gives a good job himself as the cliché spewing leader of the pitifully sad SLA. This movie is also widely known to be the last of Paul Schrader's films to be any good at all, so there's always that.

My Grade: B-

Eye Candy: Natasha Richardson gets topless


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