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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonnie Raines ...
Herself (as Bonnie)
John Raines ...
Himself (as John)
Bob Williamson ...
Himself (as Bob)
Keith Forsyth ...
Himself (as Keith)
Bill Davidon ...
Himself (as Bill)
Betty Medsger ...
Herself, reporter, The Washington Post
Terry Neist ...
Himself, former FBI agent
Athan Theoharis ...
Himself, professor of history, Marquette University
J. Edgar Hoover ...
Himself, director of the FBI (archive footage)
Sanford Ungar ...
Himself, journalist
Benjamin C. Bradlee ...
Himself, executive editor, The Washington Post (archive footage)
Katherine Graham ...
Herself, publisher, The Washington Post (archive footage) (as Katharine Graham)
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Himself, senator, South Dakota (archive footage)
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Himself, senator, Kansas (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
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On March 8th, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, PA. Calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, they removed every file in the office. Mailed anonymously, the stolen documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence. The most significant revelation was COINTELPRO, a controversial, secret, illegal surveillance program overseen by lifelong Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Despite one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI was unable to catch the burglars. Those responsible have never revealed their identities. Until now. For the first time the burglars have decided to speak about their actions. 1971 is their story, examining the consequences and implications of their actions - then and now. Written by Anonymous

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In the recreation of the crime scene which occurs during the Ali - Frazier fight of March 8th 1971, there are cut aways to another person in the building watching the fight. The fight was closed circuit only, and there was no cable TV in 1971, so anybody wanting to see the fight live either had to be in the arena or in theaters and auditoriums broadcasting the fight for a fee. See more »

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Thrilling, True David and Goliath - Peace Movement Victory
21 May 2015 | by (Philadelphia Pa) – See all my reviews

Having marched for peace in the late 60's and early 70's I was thrilled by this film!

Smart, committed people penetrated the impenetrable fortress!

I hope they inspire others to uphold true American ideals and non violently oppose abuses of power.

These people are heroic American patriots and their story is a vital part of our history.

This film moved me in a deep way. I'll never forget it.

I'm grateful to the film makers and especially to the brave people who skillfully undertook this action and generously came forward to tell their tale all these years later!


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