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Sacco and Vanzetti (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 August 2017 (Germany)
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The story of two Italian immigrant radicals who were executed in 1927 offers insights into present-day issues of civil liberties and the rights of immigrants.


Peter Miller





Credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Prof. Tommy Turner (archive footage)
Arlo Guthrie ... Himself - Interview / Performance
David Kaiser David Kaiser ... Interview
Giuliano Montaldo ... Himself
Nunzio Pernicone Nunzio Pernicone ... Interview
Tony Shalhoub ... Sacco (voice)
Studs Terkel ... Interview
Mary Anne Trasciatti Mary Anne Trasciatti ... Interview
John Turturro ... Vanzetti (voice)
Howard Zinn ... Interview


The story of two Italian immigrant radicals who were executed in 1927 offers insights into present-day issues of civil liberties and the rights of immigrants.

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24 August 2017 (Germany) See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,778, 28 January 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,894, 20 May 2007
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18 March 2013 | by Jeff ReedSee all my reviews

Sacco and Vanzetti were innocent beyond any doubt, their trials and appeals were shams, and they are rightfully folk heroes to all the oppressed. That is the message of this unbalanced documentary where on person (maybe) thinks they committed the crime for which they died, and then she is apparently ignorant of the facts. In response to the interviewer's question (I paraphrase), do you think they murdered your father, the daughter of one of the victims says (again I paraphrase), well, someone killed him. That's the lone voice for guilt. This despite the fact that many historians and legal scholars think one or both are guilty, and many others have considerable doubt about their complete innocence.

If you know a good bit about the case this documentary will make you feel uneasy. The lionization of S&V is over the top. And considering that it is quite likely Sacco was involved, if not Vanzetti, and if not in these crimes in aiding and abetting other violent crimes, the exaltation of the men as heroes is unsettling. Why S&V are such symbols of the miscarriage of justice, given the evidence, I cannot explain. Better to sing songs, write poems, and create art about the thousands of southern black martyrs. But maybe that is why liberal, white Americans (and all of the S&V apologists in this film are white) latch on to S&V. A study of the dichotomy between the outrage (contemporaneous and modern)displayed by liberal whites over S&V and the relative indifference to the numerous lynching cases might be interesting. Not tot say that liberal whites condone lynching, but it is interesting that the S&V case is such a lightning rod for them in contrast.

That said, there is no question their trial and appeals were horribly biased and unfair. That is what has always appalled me about the case. This is covered a good bit in the documentary. Rightfully, the commentators hold the judge and jury in disdain. This is well presented. The evidence by which we might independently judge the guilt of S&V, though, is terribly one sided here and highly selective and speculative.

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