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Punishment Park (1971)

"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types ... See full summary »

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Peter Watkins

Writer:

Peter Watkins
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Boland Patrick Boland ... First Tribunal Defendant
Kent Foreman Kent Foreman ... Defendant in the tribunal
Carmen Argenziano ... Jay Kaufman, Tribunal Defendant
Luke Johnson Luke Johnson ... Defendant in the tribunal
Katherine Quittner ... Nancy Smith
Scott Turner ... James Arthur Kohler, Tribunal Defendant
Stan Armsted ... Charles Robbins
Mary Ellen Kleinhall ... Allison Mitchner
Mark Keats Mark Keats ... William C. Hoeger, Tribunal Chairman
Gladys Golden ... Mary Jurgens, Tribunal Member
Sanford Golden ... Sen. Harris
George Gregory George Gregory ... Mr. Keagan
Norman Sinclair ... Alfred J. Sully - Tribunal Member
Sigmund Rich Sigmund Rich ... Prof. Hazlett
Paul Rosenstein ... Paul Reynolds - Tribunal Member
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"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types across the desert in a type of capture the flag game. The soldiers vow not to interfere with the rebels' progress and merely shepherd them along to their destination. At that point, having obtained their goal, they will be released. The film crew's coverage is meant to insure that the military's intentions are honorable. As the representatives of the 60's counter-culture get nearer to passing this arbitrary test, the soldiers become increasingly hostile, attempting to force the hippies out of their pacifist behavior. A lot of this film appears improvised and in several scenes real tempers seem to flare as some of the "acting" got overaggressive. This is a interesting exercise in situational ethics. The cinéma vérité style, hand-held camera, and ambiguous demands of the director - would the actors be ... Written by Dick Rockwell <dr1orok@atlas.moa.net>

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Trivia

The movie was filmed with an Eclair 16 mm camera. The theatrical cut and DVD release were blown up to 35 mm film. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, when the defendants of group 638 are listening their sentences and again when they are being asked if the prefer the Punishment Park instead of their original sentences, Allison Mitchner is being referred by the president/judge as Mary Ellen Mitchner. At the start of the film she is being referred as Allison Mitchner. The name of the actress that plays the role of Allison Mitchner is Mary Ellen Kleinhall. See more »

Quotes

James Arthur Kohler, Tribunal Defendant: My responsibilities as a citizen in this country do not include killing for it.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits at all. The title doesn't appear until halfway through the closing credits. See more »

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13 June 2001 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

Who´s not for the state is against it.

Against a constitution which distinguishes itself with being conservative and contradictory in its foundations.

"Punishment Park" is a great portrait about the Nixon era, that hasn´t lost anything from its explosiveness till today.

This film is banned in America, but it should be seen by everyone - especially by US-citizens...


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

10 February 1972 (UK) See more »

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