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The War at Home (1979)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | December 1979 (USA)
Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war.


Barry Alexander Brown (co-director), Glenn Silber (co-director)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Karleton Armstrong Karleton Armstrong ... Self - Anti-War Activist, Convicted Bomber
Betty Boardman Betty Boardman ... Self - Quaker Peace Activist
Allen Ginsberg ... Self - Activist
Henry Haslach Henry Haslach ... Self - Student Activist
Gaylord Nelson Gaylord Nelson ... Self - US Senator
Wahid Rashad Wahid Rashad ... Self - Student Activist
Jim Rowen Jim Rowen ... Self - Student Activist, Assistant to Mayor Soglin
Paul Soglin Paul Soglin ... Self - Student Activist, Mayor of Madison
Evan Stark Evan Stark ... Self - Student Activist
Jack von Mettenheim Jack von Mettenheim ... Self - Businessman, Anti-Hitler Student Activist
H. Edwin Young H. Edwin Young ... Self - President, Univ. of Wisconsin
Maurice Zeitlin Maurice Zeitlin ... Self - Professor, Univ. of Wisconsin
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Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war.

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When will we learn our lesson?
11 October 2019 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The most famous Vietnam-related production of 1979 was "Apocalypse Now", but there was also the documentary "The War at Home", focusing on the anti-war movement in Madison, Wisconsin. You've probably seen ample of footage from the era showing students protesting and police attacking them; lots of that here. It also shows the Kent State shootings, which radicalized a number of people. Allen Ginsberg even describes the FBI's COINTELPRO, whose aim was breaking the political movements sweeping the country.

Watching the documentary, it was impossible not to draw parallels to the present day. I bet that in 1979, people authentically thought that there would never again be any wars. I wish!

Definitely worth seeing. Others that I recommend are "Hearts and Minds" and "The Weather Underground".

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