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Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story -- CUL DE SAC explores the chilling true-life story of Shawn Nelson, a 35 year-old plumber from Clairemont, California, who emerged from an eighteen foot mine shaft he had dug beneath his backyard in search for gold, stole a tank from a nearby National Guard armory; and went on a rampage through the streets of his neighborhood, crushing cars and lamp posts until the cops took him down.


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Shawn Nelson ... Himself

Directed by
Garrett Scott 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ian Olds 
Garrett Scott 

Produced by
Garrett Scott .... producer
Cinematography by
Adrian Zaragoza 
Film Editing by
Ian Olds 
Sound Department
Eli Yerbury .... sound

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55 min
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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not worth the effort!, 18 May 2004
Author: DaTramp ( from New York, NY

And an effort it is watching this. This disjointed, almost incoherent film has no clear narrative thread and seems to have been assembled pulling together whatever bits and pieces that could be found in the local TV network's video files to make an hour's worth of film. The interviewing is unfocused, the narrative jump's back-and-forth and all-over-the-place without any seeming plan or intent. This is documentary journalism at it's worst, taking a sensational story and exploiting it without really looking below the surface. It meanders and then fades out into nothingness with lots of questions raised and almost none answered. Contrast this with "Bus 174", a fascinating case of a bus hijacking in Brazil that truly demonstrates how to show the factors leading to an act of urban terrorism.

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