7.4/10
356
3 user 31 critic

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004)

Neverland: The Rise and Fall of the Symbionese Liberation Army (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Mystery | 3 June 2005 (UK)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Patty Hearst (1988)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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 »

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The accident made national headlines: a suburban mother drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in upstate New York and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others. In ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus
Stars: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler
Documentary | Crime | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Documentary filmmakers assert that Anthony Porter - a former death-row inmate who was spared the death penalty thanks to the efforts of a college journalism program - was actually guilty, and an innocent man was sent to prison.

Directors: Christopher S. Rech, Brandon Kimber
Stars: Dexter Hammett, Joseph Alex, Jason Patrick
1971 (2014)
Documentary | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that lead to the Bureau's numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed.

Director: Johanna Hamilton
Stars: Bonnie Raines, John Raines, Bob Williamson
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch.

Director: Stanley Nelson
Stars: Rebecca Moore, Janet Shular, Tim Carter
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Meet the dirtiest cop in NYC history. Michael Dowd stole money and dealt drugs while patrolling the streets of 80s Brooklyn.

Director: Tiller Russell
Stars: Michael Dowd, Ken Eurell, Walter Yurkiw
Documentary | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving November 2012, four boys in a red SUV pull into a gas station after spending time at the mall buying sneakers and talking to girls. With music ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Silver
Stars: Leland Brunson, Angela B. Corey, Ron Davis
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An in-depth look at the director James Ronald Whitney's family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism.

Director: James Ronald Whitney
Stars: James Ronald Whitney, Melvin Just
The Shout (1978)
Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A traveler by the name of Crossley forces himself upon a musician and his wife in a lonely part of Devon, and uses the aboriginal magic he has learned to displace his host.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Stars: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt
Crazy Love I (2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The bizarre true story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach.

Directors: Dan Klores, Fisher Stevens
Stars: Burt Pugach, Linda Pugach, Bob Janoff
The Cheshire Murders (TV Movie 2013)
Documentary | Crime | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the quiet suburb of Cheshire, Connecticut, Jennifer Petit and her two young daughters were killed in a horrific home invasion; husband and father William Petit was the only one who ... See full summary »

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner
Stars: Marilyn Bartoli, Deb Biggins, Michael Daluz
Documentary | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Explosive developments - implicating both the forensics laboratory of the police department of North Carolina, and Duane Deaver, its chief - recently saw the convicted subject of 'The ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Stars: Caitlin Atwater, Bradley Bannon, Freda Black
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself
Michael Bortin ...
Himself
Timothy Findley ...
Himself
Dan Grove ...
Himself
Ludlow Kramer ...
Himself
John Lester ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcus Foster ...
Himself (archive footage)
Catherine Hearst ...
Herself (archive footage)
...
Herself (archive footage)
Randolph Hearst ...
Himself (archive footage)
Richard Neill ...
Interviewer
...
Himself (archive footage)
Howard Shack ...
Interviewer
Evelle Younger ...
Himself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

This Revolution WILL Be Televised See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 June 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

In the beginning of the documentary Russ Little inaccurately makes the statement that Che Guevara was Bolivian. In fact, he was from Argentina. See more »

Connections

Features State of Siege (1972) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Well-constructed documentary about one of America's most fascinating stories
15 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In 1973, a left-wing militant group calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army shot and murdered black school superintendent Marcus Foster and wounded his deputy. Led by prison escapee and black political activist Donald DeFreeze, Foster's murder was a confused statement about fascism, apparently revealing Foster to be a pawn in what was essentially an ethically corrupt school system. The following year, they kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst from her home and caused a media sensation. The SLA made demands that her father Randolph Hearst pay to feed the starving, while the media storm gathered even more momentum. It reached its peak when recordings of Patty were released to the media declaring her sympathy towards the SLA, and her wish to join them.

The 1970's was a time of revolution and a new political awareness. Like the Red Army Faction (or the Baader-Meinhof Group) in Germany, the children of the 1970's were children of Nazi's and, in America, of blatant political corruption (the Watergate scandal, for example). The SLA were inspired by Marxism, anti-Capitalism, and Che Guevara's revolution in Cuba, believing that America would benefit from an equal society, and from the eradication of corruption and racism. "Death to the fascist insect that prays upon the life of the people!" was one of their motto's, and although it is easy to sympathise with their relatively naive hopes and views, the SLA certainly went about their business in a strange way. They committed murder, bank robberies and kidnapping - acts that certainly aren't beneficial to the people.

Sadly, the former SLA members that are interviewed in the film are not those that experienced the Patty Hearst scenario first hand (those people are either dead or in jail), so the interviewees don't draw from personal experiences and are quick to distance themselves from the darker aspects of the SLA. Hearst herself is sadly absent from the film, which is a shame, because as a result, she gets off relatively lightly. She is now a part-time actress and media darling, which is quite sickening given what she did. As to whether she was brain-washed or she was acting on her own accord is left unexplored. Robert Stone's documentary, is, however, well-constructed and contains plenty of fascinating archive footage. Plus, this is one of the most fascinating stories in America's recent history, and a poignant commentary on the role of the media in creating national treasures out of scandal and sensationalism.

www.the-wrath-of-blog.blogspot.com


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was Patty lying about being brainwashed? dougie_phresh

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?