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Seeing Red (1983)

A unique documentary that looks at the political activities of the American Communist Party in the early to mid-twentieth century.


Jim Klein (as James Klein), Julia Reichert
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Hunter Oscar Hunter ... Himself - Printer
Rose Podmaka Rose Podmaka ... Herself - Steel Mill Worker
Sylvia Woods Sylvia Woods ... Herself - Auto Worker
Howard 'Stretch' Johnson Howard 'Stretch' Johnson ... Himself - College Professor
Bill Bailey Bill Bailey ... Himself - Seaman and Longshoreman
Edna Whitehouse Edna Whitehouse ... Herself - Legal Secretary
Ruth Maguire Ruth Maguire ... Herself - Program Administrator
Stanley Postek Stanley Postek ... Himself - Seaman
Dorothy Ray Healey Dorothy Ray Healey ... Herself - Party Leader (as Dorothy Healey)
Carl Hirsch Carl Hirsch ... Himself - Writer
Pete Seeger ... Himself - Folksinger
Marge Frantz Marge Frantz ... Herself - Southern Activist
Rose Kryzak Rose Kryzak ... Herself - Actuarial Clerk
Al Prago Al Prago ... Himself - Labor Educator
Muriel Eldridge Muriel Eldridge ... Herself - Secretary


A unique documentary that looks at the political activities of the American Communist Party in the early to mid-twentieth century.

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Release Date:

October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists See more »

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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PBS edited 12 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

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Brave, intelligent, integral and important part of U.S. history
9 February 2007 | by birdiefeather12003See all my reviews

Julia and Jim have done a great historical and artistic service towards helping round out the larger story of the American political heart. This is so important for all generations to witness and learn from. The sordid fear-mongering that passes for "saving" America from all sorts of changes that threaten those in false and temporary power is indeed the shadow side of our history. This film cuts through that fog to show an important aspect of our grassroots seeking for justice, better ways of self government, working to learn from history and from those who thought and think deeply outside the lines, and does so in a very human way. So that both the ignorant and the educated, those who lived the times and those who came later, can integrate with perspective a very scary time and understand more about the tendency to follow the crowd. A fine film to show in history, government, etc. classes, starting in early high school. Should be available in every library.

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