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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.... See more »


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Patrick Boland ...
First Tribunal Defendant
Kent Foreman ...
Defendant in the tribunal
Jay Kaufman, Tribunal Defendant
Luke Johnson ...
Defendant in the tribunal
Nancy Smith
James Arthur Kohler, Tribunal Defendant
Charles Robbins
Allison Mitchner
Mark Keats ...
William C. Hoeger, Tribunal Chairman
Mary Jurgens, Tribunal Member
Sen. Harris
George Gregory ...
Mr. Keagan
Alfred J. Sully - Tribunal Member
Sigmund Rich ...
Prof. Hazlett
Paul Reynolds - Tribunal Member
Robert J. Donovan, FBI Agent
Sandy Cox ...
James Daly, Defense Attorney (as Frederick Franklyn)
Ross Briegleb ...
Tribunal Doctor
Joe Hudgins ...
Chief Tribunal Marshall
Radger Greene ...
Federal Marshall
Tom Kemp ...
Tribunal Marshall
Harry McKasson ...
Tribunal Marshall
Harold Beaulieu ...
Desert Militant
Cynthia Jenkins ...
Desert Militant
Jack London ...
Desert Militant
Bob Lewine ...
Desert Militant (as Rob Lewine)
Rolando González ...
Desert Semi-Militant (as Roland Gonzalez)
Viola Gonzalez ...
Desert Semi-Militant
Jack Gozdick ...
Desert Semi-Militant
Brian Hart ...
Desert Semi-Militant
Linda Mandel ...
Desert Semi-Militant
Don Pino ...
Desert Semi-Militant
Jason Sunners ...
Desert Semi-Militant (as Jason Sommers)
Conchita Thornston ...
Desert Semi-Militant (as Conchita Thornton)
Gary Johnson ...
Desert Pacifist
Michelle Johnson ...
Desert Pacifist (as Michele Johnson)
Ted Martin ...
Desert Pacifist
Don McDonald ...
Desert Pacifist
Harold Schneider ...
Desert Pacifist
Jim Bohan ...
Captain, Sheriff's Dept.
Van Daniels ...
Member, Sheriff's Dept. (as Van Daniel)
Harlan Green ...
Member, Sheriff's Dept.
Dennis Wilson ...
Sheriff's dept.
Paul Alelyanes ...
Kerry Cannon ...
Bob Franklin ...
Bruce McGuire ...
Ron Pennington ...
Allen Powell ...
Jim Wettstein ...
Jim Churchill ...
National Guardsman
Danny Conlon ...
National Guardsman
Wally McKay ...
National Guardsman
Cliff Pinard ...
National Guardsman
Don Vann ...
National Guardsman
Charlie Wyatt ...
National Guardsman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mitchell Harding ...
Newscaster (voice)
Mike Hodel ...
Newscaster (voice) (as Michael Hodel)
Peter Watkins ...
Documentarist (uncredited)

Directed by

Peter Watkins

Written by

Peter Watkins ... ()

Produced by

Susan Martin ... producer

Music by

Paul Motian

Cinematography by

Joan Churchill
Peter Smokler

Film Editing by

Terry Hodel
Peter Watkins

Editorial Department

Susan Martin ... assistant editor

Casting By

Linda Elbow
Laura Golden

Art Direction by

David Hancock

Makeup Department

Miriam Nunberg ... makeup artist

Art Department

Barry Wilson ... assistant art director

Sound Department

Michael C. Moore ... sound (as Michael Moore)
Wayne Nakatsu ... sound mixer
Doug Stevenson ... sound assistant
Hiroaki 'Zom' Yamamoto ... sound mixer (as Hiroki Yamoto)

Camera and Electrical Department

Harlan Chapman ... lighting technician
Kit Kalionzes ... lighting technician
John Arthur Morrill ... lighting technician (as John Morril)
Peter Smokler ... assistant camera
Richard Wells ... assistant camera

Script and Continuity Department

Linda Elbow ... continuity

Other crew

Laura Golden ... production assistant
Harlan Green ... production assistant
Brian Hart ... titles

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Plot Summary

"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 able to maintain their roles given the hazing they were taking - pushed some to the brink. The cast's emotions are clearly on the surface. Unfortunately this film has gone completely underground and is next to impossible to find. It would offer a captivating document of the distrust that existed between soldiers willfully serving in the military and those persons who opposed the war peacefully. Written by Dick Rockwell

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Also Known As
  • To parko tis timorias (Greece)
  • 懲罰大陸★USA (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Strafpark (West Germany)
  • Büntető park (Hungary)
  • Straffparken (Sweden)
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  • 91 min
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Trivia Many of the "actors" were not acting in a traditional sense. In the introduction, Peter Watkins says many protesters were real-life protesters, and most soldiers were real-life conservatives. All improvised lines based on their opinions. There were no rehearsals. See more »
Goofs In her tribunal closing statement, Alison Mitchner makes reference to the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, and uses the phrase "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". This phrase is in the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Punishment Park (2017). See more »
Crazy Credits There are no opening credits at all. The title doesn't appear until halfway through the closing credits. See more »
Quotes Mary Jurgens, Tribunal Member: [shouting] You are immoral!
Jay Kaufman, Tribunal Defendant: I am not immoral.
[she continually interrups with shouting]
Jay Kaufman, Tribunal Defendant: You want me to tell you what's immoral? War is immoral! Poverty is immoral! Racism is immoral! Police brutality is immoral! Opression is immoral! Genocide is immoral! Imperialism is immoral! This country represents all those things!
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