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Unabomber: The True Story (1996)

The real story behind the hunt for Theodore J. Kaczynski, later known as the Unabomber, a terrorist who sent several bombs through the mail, alarming authorities and society. The movie ... See full summary »


Jon Purdy


John McGreevey




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hays ... David Kaczynski
Dean Stockwell ... Ben Jeffries
Tobin Bell ... Theodore Kaczynski
Victoria Mallory Victoria Mallory
Bill Mondy
Scott Wilkinson Scott Wilkinson
Michael Flynn
Noel De Souza
Joyce Cohen
Tayva Patch Tayva Patch
David McConnell David McConnell
Donré Sampson
Alan Gregory Alan Gregory
Joey Miyashima Joey Miyashima
Marcia Dangerfield


The real story behind the hunt for Theodore J. Kaczynski, later known as the Unabomber, a terrorist who sent several bombs through the mail, alarming authorities and society. The movie follows a postal inspector who tracks down the suspect; a obstinate detective; and Kaczynski's brother, who suspected of Ted after the publishing of his manifesto explaining the reasons for the bombings. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Release Date:

11 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unabomber See more »

Filming Locations:

Park City, Utah, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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13 October 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Robert Hays gives a wonderful dramatic performance in this film as a man who is forced to make the most heartbreaking decision imaginable, to turn in his own brother. I cannot even begin to imagine David Kaczynski's horror when he read the "Unabomber's" manifesto and realized it was his own brother that had written it. It amazes me that Ted Kaczynski, a filthy hermit living in a dilapidated shack in Montana, could elude the FBI for almost two decades while carrying out crimes that left three people dead and many more maimed. When this filthy hermit was arrested, one of the FBI agents said "My God, is that who's been eluding us all these years?" Its ironic that Robert Hays is best remembered for his role as the bumbling "Captain Ted Stryker" in the Airplane movies. He is a fine comic actor, in fact Airplane was voted as one of the funniest films ever made, but he can also do drama as well. It is perhaps because of his quiet,low key personality that this fine thespian has never been given the credit he truly deserves for his fine work in tv and films. He perfectly conveys David's anguish and the film is very gripping as it shows the frustration of the FBI as the bombings continue with no leads. One sad case is Captain John Hauser who lost an eye and all the fingers of his hand. Just a few days later, he recieved a note that he had been accepted into the NASA astronaut program. Ted Kaczynski was a brilliant but an evil man who had no conscience and no remorse. This is a man who told his mother that "I hope you die so I can spit on your corpse" what a nice fellow! What I don't understand is that he wasn't abused and his parents were warm and loving, what happened to turn this man into one of the most notorious criminals of all time? What makes me angry is that he could have been caught much sooner. The FBI called him the Unabomber because he sent bombs to universities and airlines (one of his bombs was in the cargo hold of a plane). The FBI made the mistaken assumption that he was an airline mechanic. John Douglas is a legendary FBI agent who pioneered "profiling". He said that the bomber was an academic not an airline mechanic. You would think that they should have looked into this possibility, they should have looked at the bombings at the Berkley campus and found out if any academics had left abruptly. If they had done this, they would have discovered the name Ted Kaczynski! He could have been stopped so much sooner. I felt so bad for his brother when he had to make this heartbreaking decision. Even when he did, he said "I hope my brother Ted will someday forgive me".

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