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Directors:
Sam Green
Bill Siegel (co-director)
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13 November 2003 (Australia) See more »
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The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Great Film - Important Message Against the War Machine See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Lili Taylor ... Narrator (voice)
Pamela Z ... Narrator (voice)

Jim Lange ... Additional Narrator (voice)
Evan White ... Additional Narrator (voice)
Bernardine Dohrn ... Herself (also archive footage)
Mark Rudd ... Himself (also archive footage)
Brian Flanagan ... Himself (also archive footage)
David Gilbert ... Himself (also archive footage)
Bill Ayers ... Himself (also archive footage) (also as Bill Ayers)
Naomi Jaffe ... Herself (also archive footage)
Todd Gitlin ... Himself
Laura Whitehorn ... Herself (also archive footage)
Don Strickland ... Himself
Kathleen Cleaver ... Herself (also archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Boesky ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eldridge Cleaver ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bob Dylan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jane Fonda ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Billy Graham ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Fred Hampton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Abbie Hoffman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dustin Hoffman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Jackson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Timothy Leary ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Manson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Mondale ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Robison ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Evelle Younger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Green 
Bill Siegel (co-director)
 
Produced by
Christian Ettinger .... executive producer
Sam Green .... producer
Mary Harron .... executive producer
Carrie Lozano .... producer
Sue Ellen McCann .... executive producer
Bill Siegel .... producer
Marc Smolowitz .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Cerf  (as Dave Cerf)
Amy Domingues 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Black (director of photography) (as Andy Black)
Federico Salsano (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sam Green 
Dawn Logsdon 
 
Art Department
Janet Raugust .... graphics
 
Sound Department
Jake Collins .... location sound
Elise Hurwitz .... location sound
Steve La Fayette .... location sound (as Steve Lafayette)
Rich Pooler .... location sound
David Westby .... sound mixer
Andre Philippenko .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Fenton .... additional camera
Greg Gricus .... additional camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Herbert H. Bennett .... colorist (as Herbert Bennett)
Herbert H. Bennett .... on-line editor (as Herbert Bennett)
Angela Reginato .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jerry Busher .... composer: additional music
Brendan Canty .... composer: additional music
Ian MacKaye .... composer: additional music
Brooke Wentz .... music clearances: The Rights Workshop
David Cerf .... music editor (uncredited)
Amy Domingues .... music editor (uncredited)
Bob Massey .... composer: original music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lindsay Anderson .... production assistant
Jason Cohn .... production assistant
Charlotte Gutierrez .... production assistant
Sarah Harbin .... production assistant
David Harris .... production assistant
John Lithgow .... production assistant
Sarah Marx .... production assistant
Guy Morrison .... archival footage assistance
Kenn Rabin .... archival footage assistance
Sara Sculley .... production assistant
Lindsay Dellas .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Harbin .... researcher (uncredited)
Terry L. James .... digital film transfer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Herbert H. Bennett .... special thanks (as Herbert Bennett)
Tom Hayden .... thanks
Guy Morrison .... special thanks
Alex Trebek .... thanks
 

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In the segment about the accidental explosion of the Greenwich Village townhouse at 18 West 11th Street, Dustin Hoffman can be seen standing next to a fire truck observing the scene. He was living in the townhouse next door with his wife at the time, Anne Byrne.See more »
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Kathleen Cleaver:Once Richard Nixon was elected president and inaugurated in January 1969, we were targeted, bam, bam, bam, by a very sophisticated, advanced, counterintelligence program; At the same time, by very crude and violent police.See more »
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For Carl SaganSee more »

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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Great Film - Important Message Against the War Machine, 27 October 2003
Author: Bill Hazel from Detroit!

The Weather Underground presents a well-balanced view of the militant faction of the 1960s anti-war group that orchestrated a series of direct actions (including bombings) in protest of the Vietnam War and American imperialism.

To its credit, the film is not overly sympathetic to the members of the group. Rather, it portrays them in a direct and logical manner that tends to explain their more violent activities as the desperate attempts of extremely dedicated activists to engender dynamic change in lieu of those "publicly-sanctioned" methods which they felt were not sufficiently powerful to stop the war machine (i.e., non-violent demonstrations). It should be mentioned that none of the group's bombings resulted in injuries to people, with the notable exception of 3 WU members who were killed accidentally while making a bomb that was destined for an ill-advised attack on military personnel - a seminal moment the the organization's history that "opened their eyes" to the darkness they were headed towards. One cannot help but wonder what would have transpired had that attack been carried out - this is the chilling central lesson of the film, poignantly described by one former member who plainly stated that "the violence didn't work."

At the screening I attended the audience had the good fortune of listening to two of the Weather Underground's key members in person: Bernadette Dohrn and Bill Ayers. This proved particularly interesting, as both individuals, while still espousing their anti-militarism/anti-imperialism views to strong effect, did not express the need for radical tactics as one would imagine they may (given the current climate gripping the nation). Instead, they talked of engaging the issue through learning, organized activism, personal growth and social consciousness/responsibility.

It is this dialectic that makes this film so important right now, and I think that the directors have made an important step towards educating Americans in the subject of social awareness. My only complaint is that this lesson needs a counterpoint, something to break the ultimately sad feeling that one is left with when the screen flickers off at the end. Perhaps if viewed in tandem with a film that explores the victories that have been made through non-violent protest "The Weather Underground" can achieve its best potential.

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