Patty Hearst (1988)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  23 September 1988 (USA)
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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... See full summary »



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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 <>

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


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Release Date:

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 »


An AMC Pacer is shown twice as Patty and the SLA carry out the Hibernia Bank heist. The event took place in April 1974, but the Pacer was not introduced until 1975. See more »


Teko: [after a mock gunfight] You're dead.
Patricia Hearst: [whining] I'm always dead!
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Could Have Been More Captivating
4 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film held your interest throughout. The storyline was true to the events and there was absolutely no "preaching". The movie did not have an agenda and that was good. The ordeal Patty Hearst went through should have been more graphic or more powerful. She ended up coming off as a ditz - a dimwit. The members of the SLA were laughable. Cinque's politically motivated tirades were comical:"Capitalist oppressor pigs of Amerikkka!!!" Funny stuff. William Forsythe, who usually puts forth a convincing performance as the heavy (see "Out for Justice"), seemed to be on comic relief mode. He seemed like a member of "Saturday Night Live" doing a satire of this character. The film was obviously low budget. It should have shown the shootout in detail and the SLA members burning inside their hideout. This was glossed over and just showed televised news coverage of the burning house. The end did show the letdown Patty Hearst received when the media turned on her and law enforcement officials treated her badly. I don't think Natasha Richardson was up to the task. She really didn't convey any emotions other than confusion.

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