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Patty Hearst (1988)

In the 1970s, Patricia Hearst is abducted by American revolutionaries, but eventually joins their cause instead.

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writers:

Patricia Hearst (book), Alvin Moscow (book) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Richardson ... Patricia Hearst
William Forsythe ... Teko
Ving Rhames ... Cinque
Frances Fisher ... Yolanda
Jodi Long ... Wendy Yoshimura
Olivia Barash ... Fahizah
Dana Delany ... Gelina
Marek Johnson Marek Johnson ... Zoya
Kitty Swink ... Gabi
Peter Kowanko Peter Kowanko ... Cujo (as Pete Kowanko)
Tom O'Rourke ... Jim Browning
Scott Kraft ... Steven Weed
Jeff Imada ... Neighbor
Ermal Williamson Ermal Williamson ... Randolph A. Hearst
Elaine Revard Elaine Revard ... Catherine Hearst
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Storyline

The true story of Patricia Hearst, a rich girl who was abducted by American revolutionaries in the 1970s. The time spent with her captors made her question her way of life and she joined forces with the cause that her abductors were fighting for. This created a scandal in the US and since then Patty Hearst has become a pop culture fixture. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Heiress... kidnap victim... turned urban terrorist... bank robber

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Patty See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,223,326
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Patricia Hearst was pardoned by President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001--his last official act before he left office. See more »

Goofs

After the shooting at the sporting goods store, Patty says it was "just like Starsky and Hutch". Starsky and Hutch debuted in 1975, a year later than the events in that scene. See more »

Quotes

Patricia Hearst: [to Cinque] I'm really struggling to overcome my bourgeois upbringing.
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Connections

References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Way Back Home
Performed by The Crusaders
Written by Wilton Felder
Published by Four Knights Music
Courtesy of MCA Records
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She walked out with empty arms, machine gun in her hand
14 February 2007 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Based on a novel be Patty herself, this film is very suspect on the actual truth, but Director Paul Schrader does a pretty good job at making the film of Hearst's kidnapping by and subsequently joining with the moronic Symbionese Liberation Army compelling throughout the duration of the film. Opting for a seemingly objective approach despite the source material. Nothing new revolving the case will be gleamed for watching this though, and one will take from it the exact same view as what one goes into it with. Personally, I don't or can't sympathize with spoiled rich girl turned violent revolutionary turned praised celebrity Hearst, but I know that there are many that do. Natasha Richardson as Patty gives a serviceable, if nothing special, job. And Ving Rhames gives a good job himself as the cliché spewing leader of the pitifully sad SLA. This movie is also widely known to be the last of Paul Schrader's films to be any good at all, so there's always that.

My Grade: B-

Eye Candy: Natasha Richardson gets topless


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