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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Yolanda: It's just like pigs to glorify a mouse.
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Connections

References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

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Way Back Home
Performed by The Crusaders
Written by Wilton Felder
Published by Four Knights Music
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Solid piece of film making
6 October 2009 | by mim-8See all my reviews

Paul Schrader is one of the most talented directors of so called "New Hollywood", and it's really strange that almost all the films he directed are poorly rated on IMDb. That refers to his most productive phase from 1978 to 1988, when he made crafty social dramas such as "Blue collar" and "Hardcore", stylistic look on rotten high class devouring the individual, such as "American gigolo", art house remake, such as "Cat people", and a true masterpiece, such as "Mishima - Life in four chapters". At the end of this period comes "Patty Hearst", a biography, or to be exact a segment in life of America's most famous hostage turned terrorist of the 70's. This subject, as interesting as it is, has a lot of pitfalls, for a film maker. Filming such a story may turn into an emotional travel down the road of ridiculousness, cemented in victim's distorted point of view. Not with craftsmen like Paul Schrader. He did this film just exactly as it should have been done, terrors of capture, mixed with bewilderment of being a hostage, turned into confusion and daze with one's captors, which is everything Patty Hearst went through in her months of captivity. Late Natasha Richardson's performance is indeed low key, but that's probably the way real Patty Hearst felt and behaved, after all the movie is based on her own book. Scenes of the first two weeks after the abduction, when all abductors appear as silhouettes in a doorway, and constant images of being shot and dumped in a ditch, perfectly show what was going through Patty Hearst's mind at the time. She was just 19 and like the opening of the movie said "ofcourse there's a little one can do to prepare for the unknown".

This film marked the end of Paul Schrader's directorial peak, but it's well done, well acted, character development and symbolism are in full use of the story, and it deserves a much higher rating than it has. If you're a fan of Schraders work, don't miss it, if not, well decide for yourself. Recommended!


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