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Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst 

A documentary on the curious American domestic terrorist group, infamous for the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst.

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Robert Stone
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Episode credited cast:
Russ Little ... Himself
Michael Bortin Michael Bortin ... Himself
Timothy Findley Timothy Findley ... Himself
Dan Grove Dan Grove ... Himself
Ludlow Kramer Ludlow Kramer ... Himself
John Lester John Lester ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcus Foster Marcus Foster ... Himself (archive footage)
Catherine Hearst Catherine Hearst ... Herself (archive footage)
Patricia Hearst ... Herself (archive footage)
Randolph Hearst Randolph Hearst ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Neill Richard Neill ... Interviewer
Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Howard Shack Howard Shack ... Interviewer
Evelle Younger ... Himself (archive footage)
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In 1974, a teenage newspaper heiress and Berkeley undergrad was kidnapped at gunpoint from her apartment, setting off one of the most bizarre episodes in recent history. The kidnappers, completely off the map before Patty Hearst disappeared into the San Francisco night, were a small band of young, ferociously militant political radicals, dedicated to the rights of prisoners and the working class. They called themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army. Over the course of about three years they robbed banks, senselessly killed two innocent people, instigated a firefight after attempting to shoplift a pair of socks, and, most famously, converted their hostage and victim. They also achieved an undeniably visionary manipulation of the media, inciting perhaps the first modern media frenzy. Presenting resonating questions about the role of the media in America--mouthpiece? Messenger? Truth seeker? --The ethical dilemmas posed by new technologies, and the proximity of madness to political ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,444, 28 November 2004

Gross USA:

$101,439
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Color
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It's sad..
24 October 2005 | by theemasterSee all my reviews

to watch this documentary and not have clear answers. The documentary leaves you with a confusion answer, I guess if I'm understanding right that's what was left for people in the 60's and 70's and still today? And I'd say the confusion is what happened to Patty Hearst and what was the mindset of the SLA. Both things we don't see.. It's also hard to understand from the interview's what the Interviewers roles are in the TOTAL picture, this I think this can effectively be blamed on the documentary makers.

One thing this story does recant is human stupidity, which is a age old tale that is endless and never ceases and ironically re-occurs a lot.


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