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The Weather Underground (2002)

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The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

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Sam Green, Bill Siegel (co-director)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Lili Taylor ... Narrator (voice)
Pamela Z Pamela Z ... Narrator (voice)
Jim Lange ... Additional Narrator (voice)
Evan White Evan White ... Additional Narrator (voice)
Bernardine Dohrn Bernardine Dohrn ... Herself
Mark Rudd Mark Rudd ... Himself
Brian Flanagan Brian Flanagan ... Himself
David Gilbert David Gilbert ... Himself
Bill Ayers Bill Ayers ... Himself (as Bill Ayers)
Naomi Jaffe Naomi Jaffe ... Herself
Todd Gitlin Todd Gitlin ... Himself
Laura Whitehorn Laura Whitehorn ... Herself
Don Strickland Don Strickland ... Himself
Kathleen Cleaver ... Herself
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In the late 1960s and early 1970s polarization of American political situation was becoming acute, with the Vietnam War abroad and civil rights at home being the most pressing issues. For the youth political movement, seemingly ineffectual methods of peaceful protest and resistance led to the rise of a faction that wanted a more extreme approach that the government could not ignore. One particular group, the Weather Underground, attempted to team up with the Black Panthers to violently confront the US government. They began with participation in street riots, and escalated their efforts to include the bombing of specific targets associated with the government or local power structures. Through archival footage and interviews of participants on both sides of this conflict, this film covers the Weather Underground's campaign of violence through this period, the FBI's strategies and tactics to apprehend them (including some deemed unethical or illegal), until changing times and ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Official Sites:

Official site [France] | PBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Tempo de Protesto See more »

Filming Locations:

Berkeley, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,984, 8 June 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$560,199, 23 May 2004
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The Free History Project See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

In the segment about the accidental explosion of the Greenwich Village townhouse at 18 West 11th Street, Dustin Hoffman can be seen standing next to a fire truck observing the scene. He was living in the townhouse next door with his wife at the time, Anne Byrne. See more »

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Mark Rudd: I think that part of the Weatherman phenomenon that was right was our understanding of what the position of the United States is in the world. It was this knowledge that we just couldn't handle; it was too big. We didn't know what to do. In a way I still don't know what to do with this knowledge. I don't know what needs to be done now, and it's still eating away at me just as it did 30 years ago.
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Features Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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God Bless America
by Irving Berlin
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Fascinating
27 August 2004 | by jc_astonSee all my reviews

Little has been written in the popular media about the Weathermen. My only knowledge came from a dictionary of hip neologisms and a well-known pocket-sized journal which conflated them with the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army and the killing by one of it's ex-members 10 years later, after he had joined a completely different group. A nice try to produce the mental impression 'tainted, don't believe in', but this film reverses it by trusting you with the details. It contains great archive footage. Crucially, it contains no noodling left-wing speeches, but shows people who were completely unimpressed with the Weathermen, and one member who seems to have rejected the methods they used. Despite these differences, all are given an equal chance to explain their motivations, and that makes it a really fascinating documentary. Steal this film.


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