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The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Crime | May 1971 (USA)
Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also ... See full summary »


Howard Alk




Credited cast:
Skip Andrew ... Self - Attorney (archive footage)
Edward Carmody Edward Carmody ... Self - State's Atty Police (archive footage)
James Davis James Davis ... Self - Police Officer (archive footage) (as James 'Gloves' Davis)
Rennie Davis ... Self (archive footage)
Fred Hampton ... Self (archive footage)
Edward Hanrahan ... Self (Illinois State's Attorney) (archive footage) (as Edward V. Hanrahan)
Brenda Harris Brenda Harris ... Self (archive footage)
Deborah Johnson Deborah Johnson ... Self (archive footage)
Lawrence Kennon Lawrence Kennon ... Self - Cook County Bar Assn. (archive footage)
Don Matuson Don Matuson ... Attorney in trial re-creation
James Montgomery James Montgomery ... Self - Attorney (archive footage)
Renault Robinson ... Self - Pres., Afro-American Police Assn. (archive footage)
Bobby Rush Bobby Rush ... Self (archive footage)
Ronald Satchel Ronald Satchel ... Self (archive footage) (as 'Doc' Satchel)
Tom Streeter Tom Streeter ... Self - Maywood Councilman (archive footage)
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Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life. Written by Harvard Film Archive / submitted by Max Schaefer <mms@pobox.com>

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My uncle was involved with this film. The cameraman, Mike Gray, had to go into hiding in CA for months with the film canisters because he fillmed the evidence of the real bedroom door with bullets going one way. He went behind the yellow police tape the day before Hanrahan's men switched to the false door that showed 2 way shooting. See more »


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murdered for reasons we all know about....
28 February 2006 | by jjj522002See all my reviews

Fred Hampton was murdered. Because he was black and because he stood up for black rights. In Chicago, that town we all love and hate. Chicago, the town that is. In Chicago, one town we can't put a finger on. Or we can, can't we? Chicago, that great town. Love you, Fred. This small town guy in Kentucky can't pretend to know what happened. But I think I know. The police, the gov't killed you, Fred. We all know that. God and Christ and Mohammed and Islam and all peoples...how many sentences do I have to submit? OK, Fred was murdered. We all know that. Fark this minimum bulls hart. And I hope the young ones can find out what Fred died for. God support the anarchists. God support the weathermen. I support and believe in the weathermen. Come get me. I love you.

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