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Writers (WGA):
Patricia Hearst (book) and
Alvin Moscow (book) ...
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Release Date:
23 September 1988 (USA) See more »
Heiress... kidnap victim... turned urban terrorist... bank robber
The true story of a rich girl who was abducted by American revolutionaries in the 1970's. Her time spent... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 nominations See more »
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Solid piece of film making See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Natasha Richardson ... Patricia Hearst

William Forsythe ... Teko

Ving Rhames ... Cinque

Frances Fisher ... Yolanda

Jodi Long ... Wendy Yoshimura

Olivia Barash ... Fahizah

Dana Delany ... Gelina
Marek Johnson ... Zoya
Kitty Swink ... Gabi
Peter Kowanko ... Cujo (as Pete Kowanko)

Tom O'Rourke ... Jim Browning

Scott Kraft ... Steven Weed
Jeff Imada ... Neighbor
Ermal Williamson ... Randolph A. Hearst
Elaine Revard ... Catherine Hearst
Marc Siegler ... Charles Gould

Toni Attell ... TV Announcer

Hawthorne James ... Tall Muslim
Reggie Bruce ... Short Muslim
Stephannie Howard ... Woman
Saba Shawel ... Girl #1
Leilani Fields ... Girl #2
Mayah McCoy ... Girl #3
Carey Fox ... Hippie
Steven Avalos ... Young Father
James Lawrence Garfield ... High School Student
Christine Lunde ... Newscaster (as Christine Lund)

Jim Ward ... Newscaster (as James Kevin Ward)

Erich Anderson ... 1st Male

James Bolt ... 2nd Male (as James Bershad)
Bradford Bancroft ... 3rd Male
Valerie C. Robinson ... 1st Female
Marta Kober ... 2nd Female
Moss Porter ... FBI Man #1
Ron Boyd ... FBI Man #2
John Petievich ... Policeman
Steven Reisch ... Photographer
Jeanne McGuire ... Booking Officer
Judson Matthew Davis ... Arresting Officer #1
Michael Derek Rubin ... Arresting Officer #2
Gerald Gordon ... F. Lee Bailey
John Achorn ... Al Johnson
Jeff Allin ... Assistant D.A.

Robert Dickman ... Doctor
Jack Slater ... Psychiatrist #1

Byron Clark ... Psychiatrist #2
Nora Meerbaum ... Psychiatrist #3
Murray Leaward ... Psychiatrist #4
Steven Anderson ... Psychiatrist #5
Maurice Hill ... Judge Carter
Bill Feeney ... Court Clerk
Ann Marie Gillis ... Juror Wentz
Thomas Wagner ... Juror Wright
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Shawn Flanagan ... Bank teller (uncredited)
Destiny Dylan Reyes ... Vicky Hearst (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
Writing credits
Patricia Hearst (book "Every Secret Thing") and
Alvin Moscow (book "Every Secret Thing")

Nicholas Kazan (screenplay)

Produced by
James D. Brubaker .... line producer
Thomas Coleman .... executive producer
Linda Reisman .... associate producer
Michael Rosenblatt .... executive producer
Marvin Worth .... producer
Original Music by
Scott Johnson 
Cinematography by
Bojan Bazelli 
Film Editing by
Michael R. Miller 
Casting by
Pamela Guest  (as Pamela Rack)
Production Design by
Jane Musky 
Art Direction by
Harold Thrasher 
Set Decoration by
Jerie Kelter 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
Makeup Department
Cydney Cornell .... department head hair stylist
Katherine James .... makeup artist (as Katherine James-Cosburn)
Kerry Mendenhall .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Mark Allan .... production manager
Gordon Wolf .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol D. Bonnefil .... second assistant director
Stephen P. Dunn .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Bankson .... set swing
Dan Dorfer .... scenic artist
Doug DuRose .... assistant property master
Flint Esquerra .... set dresser
Richard A. Frisch .... swing (as Richard Frisch)
Gary Heider .... assistant property master: San Francisco
Janet Kusnick .... concept artist
Robert Lucas .... lead man
George F. Mauricio .... property master: San Francisco
Benjamin Stuart Thompson .... construction coordinator (as Benjamin Thompson)
Dwight Williams .... local construction coordinator
Teresa Williams .... set painter: San Francisco
Gary Wissner .... assistant art director
Gregory Zemgals .... set dresser
Sound Department
Andy Aaron .... sound effects recordist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Howard Gindoff .... assistant sound editor
Matthew A. Handal .... apprentice sound editor
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Dan Korintus .... assistant sound editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Matthew McFadden .... boom operator
Barbara Minor .... sound editor
Ken Pawlak .... boom operator
George Reinhardt .... cableman: San Francisco
Ira Spiegel .... sound editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Ed White .... sound mixer
Mel Zelniker .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
George Zamora .... pyrotechnician
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts
Ed Hamilton .... stunts
Bill McIntosh .... stunts
Beth Nufer .... stunts
Grady Walker .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunt coordinator
Rock A. Walker .... stunt coordinator (as Rock Walker)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bojan Bazelli .... camera operator
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
Michael C. Blundell .... grip (as Michael Blundell)
Gary M. Brickley .... key grip: San Francisco
Dave Childers .... grip: San Francisco
Thomas Cooney .... electrician
Bryan Duggan .... second camera operator
Clark Garland .... grip: San Francisco (as Clark W. Garland)
Steve Glynn .... grip
Reuben Goldberg .... electrician: San Francisco
Nathaniel Goodman .... second camera assistant
Bruce Alan Greene .... steadicam operator
Chris H. Kelly .... grip: San Francisco (as Christopher H. Kelly)
Chris Lombardi .... steadicam assistant (as Cris Lombardi)
Chris Magee .... second camera assistant (as Chris Magee Jr.)
John Malvino .... assistant camera
Marco Mazzei .... assistant camera
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... chief lighting technician (as Tony Nakonechnyj)
David M. Rakoczy .... grip (as David Rakoczy)
Lane Russell .... second assistant camera
Michael 'Spike' Ryan .... best boy grip
Clive Sacke .... second camera assistant
David Salamone .... electrician
David Schmier .... second camera assistant
Stephen Sharp .... best boy electric
Stephen Welch .... key grip (as Steve Welch)
Animation Department
Theodore Carl Soderberg .... costumer
Casting Department
Tory Herald .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Cacavas .... wardrobe assistant
Cathleen Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: San Francisco (as Kathleen Edwards)
Ellen Ryba .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Michael Berenbaum .... first assistant editor
Amy Briamonte .... apprentice editor
Curtis Croeni .... apprentice editor
Bob Hart .... negative cutter
Phil Hetos .... color timer (as Philip Hetos)
James Y. Kwei .... assistant editor (as James Kwei)
Music Department
Blaise Dupuy .... assistant music engineer
Kurt Munkacsi .... music producer
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Alex Steyermark .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ed Arter .... transportation coordinator (as Edward D. Arter)
Michael W. Broomer .... driver
Robert Fish .... transportation captain
John Melendez .... driver: San Francisco
David Pappas .... transportation captain: San Francisco
Ed Ramos .... driver
Alex Sola .... driver: San Francisco
Other crew
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Connie Barzaghi .... script supervisor
Artie Glackin .... assistant to director
Saul Kahan .... unit publicist
Jennifer Kaitz .... assistant production coordinator
Sheldon Katz .... production auditor (as Sheldon M. Katz)
Lynn C. Marchionno .... first assistant accountant
Alessandra Mazzola .... script supervisor
Eugene M. Texeira .... craft service: San Francisco
Eileen Turner .... production assistant: San Francisco
Joan Wellman .... production secretary: San Francisco
James J. Wilhelm .... craft service: San Francisco
Cynthia Wise .... production auditor

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The real Patricia Hearst was pardoned by President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001--his last official act before he left office.See more »
Anachronisms: After the shooting at the sporting goods store, Patty says it was "just like Starsky and Hutch". "Starsky and Hutch" (1975) debuted in 1975, a year later than the events in that scene.See more »
Teko:[after a mock gunfight] You're dead.
Patricia Hearst:[whining] I'm always dead!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Live Freaky Die Freaky (2006)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Solid piece of film making, 6 October 2009
Author: Milan from Belgrade, Serbia

Paul Schrader is one of the most talented directors of so called "New Hollywood", and it's really strange that almost all the films he directed are poorly rated on IMDb. That refers to his most productive phase from 1978 to 1988, when he made crafty social dramas such as "Blue collar" and "Hardcore", stylistic look on rotten high class devouring the individual, such as "American gigolo", art house remake, such as "Cat people", and a true masterpiece, such as "Mishima - Life in four chapters". At the end of this period comes "Patty Hearst", a biography, or to be exact a segment in life of America's most famous hostage turned terrorist of the 70's. This subject, as interesting as it is, has a lot of pitfalls, for a film maker. Filming such a story may turn into an emotional travel down the road of ridiculousness, cemented in victim's distorted point of view. Not with craftsmen like Paul Schrader. He did this film just exactly as it should have been done, terrors of capture, mixed with bewilderment of being a hostage, turned into confusion and daze with one's captors, which is everything Patty Hearst went through in her months of captivity. Late Natasha Richardson's performance is indeed low key, but that's probably the way real Patty Hearst felt and behaved, after all the movie is based on her own book. Scenes of the first two weeks after the abduction, when all abductors appear as silhouettes in a doorway, and constant images of being shot and dumped in a ditch, perfectly show what was going through Patty Hearst's mind at the time. She was just 19 and like the opening of the movie said "ofcourse there's a little one can do to prepare for the unknown".

This film marked the end of Paul Schrader's directorial peak, but it's well done, well acted, character development and symbolism are in full use of the story, and it deserves a much higher rating than it has. If you're a fan of Schraders work, don't miss it, if not, well decide for yourself. Recommended!

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