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Tower (2016)

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Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.

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Credited cast:
... Claire Wilson
Louie Arnette ... Ramiro Martinez
... Houston McCoy
Monty Muir ... Neal Spelce
... Allen Crum
... Alfred(Alfie) McAlister
... Rita Starpattern
Aldo Ordoñez ... Aleck Hernandez Jr.
... Brenda Bell
John Fitch ... Billy Speed
Karen Davidson ... Margaret C. Berry
Jeremy Brown ... Jerry Day
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Séamus Bolivar-Ochoa ... John Fox
Cole Bresnehen ... James Love
... Himself (archive footage)
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Nearly fifty years ago, a gunman rode the elevator to the twenty-seventh floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. TOWER, an animated and action-packed documentary, shares the untold story of that day - when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

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3 February 2017 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,542, 14 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$94,329, 2 December 2016
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It has been suggested that his violent impulses, with which he had been struggling for several years, were caused due to a tumor found in his brain on autopsy. See more »

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Walter Cronkite: The horror of these, the sick among us, must be found in the horror of our hyper-civilization. A strange pandering to violence, a disrespect for life, fostered in part by governments which, in pursuit of the doctrine of self-defense, teach their youth to kill and to maim. A society in which the most popular newspaper cartoon strips, television programs, and movies are those that can invent new means of perpetrating bodily harm. A people who somehow can remain silent while their own civilization...
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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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Form Of The Sword (Tower Mix)
Written by Daniel Pruitt, Garrett Hellman, Patrick Patterson, Brockett Hamilton
Performed by Lord Buffalo
Courtesy of Lord Buffalo
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What an Amazing Recreation
14 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

In 1966 in Austin, Texas, a lone sniper occupied a tower on the University of Texas and began to randomly fire at people. Forty-nine were shot and sixteen killed. The documentary recreates the events of that day, using a combination of news footage and high level animation. It uses the words of the victims to recreate the events of that day. There was one woman in particular who is focused on. She was pregnant and lay on the concrete next to her dead boyfriend. It took a brave woman, risking her life, and a young man and his friend who didn't even know her, to risk their lives, for her to survive. The strength is in the tight storytelling. I was a freshman in college, just like many of the young people who were shot and the student population in general. I remember watching a common TV in the student union. We were totally wrapped up in these events. But I have to admit that until I saw that this video existed, I had forgotten this even took place.


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