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Brothers on the Line (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 8 March 2012 (USA)
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An acclaimed documentary feature exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - prolific labor statesman whose social justice movement, under the ... See full summary »

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Walter Reuther ... Himself (archive footage)
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Victor Reuther ... Himself (archive footage)
Roy Reuther ... Himself (archive footage)
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George Meany ... Himself (archive footage)
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Harry Bennett ... Himself (archive footage)
John Conyers ... Himself
Doug Fraser ... Himself
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An acclaimed documentary feature exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - prolific labor statesman whose social justice movement, under the banner of the United Auto Workers union, transformed the landscape of a nation. Directed by Victor's grandson, Sasha, and narrated by Martin Sheen, the film is an in-depth study of one family's rise from auto plant organizers in 1930s Detroit to leaders in collective bargaining, Civil Rights activism, and international labor solidarity. Behind the dramatic headlines of picket line conflict, assassination attempts, heated Senate hearings, and inter-union power struggles, lies a stirring personal story of determination, sacrifice, triumph, and tragedy. This influential and often controversial 40-year crusade would contribute to lifting millions of workers to a middle-class living and compel American democracy to live up to its promise of equality. Written by Porter Street Pictures

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Walter Reuther: I have always said, one should encourage enough opposition to make it interesting... but not enough to make it dangerous.
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Brothers On The Line

I have watched this most inspirational and important documentary several times now, and at every sitting, I have noticed something new and fascinating that had never struck me before. It only serves to show the versatility of this film and its successful marriage of archival footage with current-day clips. The pacing and music were excellent, but most riveting is the story line itself. It offers a unique historical perspective on the country's labor movement, its triumphs and troubles, while shedding a contemplative light on the labor movement in general today. It also left me thinking and wishing that labor leaders were viewed in a more heroic light - given their ultimate sacrifice and dedication to the cause of social justice. Brothers On The Line was truly enjoyable and incredibly exhilarating.


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