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Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 18 June 2004 (USA)
The life and times of Howard Zinn: the historian, activist, and author of several classics including "A Peoples History of the United States". Archival footage, and commentary by friend, colleagues and Zinn himself.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Matt Damon ... Narrator (voice)
Daniel Berrigan Daniel Berrigan ... Himself
Howard Zinn ... Himself
Alice Walker ... Herself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noam Chomsky ... Himself (archive footage)
Daniel Ellsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Hayden ... Himself (archive footage)
Staughton Lind Staughton Lind ... Himself
David Rovics David Rovics ... Himself
John Silber John Silber ... Himself (archive footage)
Marian Wright Edelman ... Herself (archive footage)
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The life and times of Howard Zinn: the historian, activist, and author of several classics including "A Peoples History of the United States". Archival footage, and commentary by friend, colleagues and Zinn himself.

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Documentary

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Говард Зинн: Как сохранить нейтралитет в поезде See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,658, 20 June 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$120,250, 20 February 2005
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Hypocrisy that exists between the wording of the U.S. Constitution and the actions of the U.S. Government in supporting slavery, segregation, the military industrial complex, and corporate interests is the central theme of Dr. Zinn's works, and his life's work in protestation of these perceived injustices. See more »

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[first lines]
Zinn, Howard: We grow up in a controlled society, where we are told that when one person kills another person, that is murder, but when the government kills a hundred thousand, that is patriotism.
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Written by Eddie Vedder
Music by Mike McCready (as McCready) / Stone Gossard (as Gossard)
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King Holmes Music Publishing
Special Thanks Curtis Management
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An outstanding presentation about an uncommon man
2 January 2006 | by BringOurTroopsHomeSee all my reviews

Traditional American History textbooks describe the American Revolution as a glorious revolt against tyranny, and the resulting government as a beacon of democracy for the rest of the world. In Zinn's A People's History of the United States, he provides evidence that the revolution served the interests of an elite ruling class, and the resulting government was in many ways as tyrannical as the government it replaced.

By telling history from the point of view of the oppressed, Zinn has transformed the way history is taught in American classrooms. In this cinematic exploration of his life, it becomes clear that he has lived his life in accordance with his principles.

The movie makes excellent use of interviews with important leaders -- Alice Walker, Marian Wright Edelman, Tom Hayden, Daniel Berrigan and others -- to tell about Zinn's influence as a leader against Jim Crow laws in Georgia, as a primary leader of the Peace Movement during the Vietnam War, as a union activist at Boston University, and as a leader in the anti-War movement during the Iraqi conflict.

If you're not familiar with Zinn's writings, you will be inspired to read about him after watching this movie.

Highly recommended.


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