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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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Keith Maitland
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Credited cast:
Violett Beane ... Claire Wilson
Louie Arnette Louie Arnette ... Ramiro Martinez
Blair Jackson ... Houston McCoy
Monty Muir Monty Muir ... Neal Spelce
Chris Doubek ... Allen Crum
Reece Everett Ryan ... Alfred(Alfie) McAlister
Josephine McAdam ... Rita Starpattern
Aldo Ordoñez Aldo Ordoñez ... Aleck Hernandez Jr.
Vicky Illk Vicky Illk ... Brenda Bell
John Fitch John Fitch ... Billy Speed
Karen Davidson Karen Davidson ... Margaret C. Berry
Jeremy Brown Jeremy Brown ... Jerry Day
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Séamus Bolivar-Ochoa Séamus Bolivar-Ochoa ... John Fox
Cole Bresnehen Cole Bresnehen ... James Love
Walter Cronkite ... Self (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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The DVD sleeve notes state that this film is "based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes, and survivors". 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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Written by John Sebastian
Performed by The Lovin' Spoonful
Published by Trio Music Company
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Used by Permission of Alley Music Corporation c/o Carlin America, Inc.
Courtesy of Buddah Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
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About the first such incident in the US history.
14 May 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

It was like another documentary film that I saw one last week. But this time it was an even bigger scale. This, the original event took place exactly 50 years ago and first of its kind. Since then hundreds of similar events have been recorded. Many of them were made into films, but I don't remember this one was ever turned into one. This is about a raged gunman on the college campus, where many people got killed and injured. A shocking incident, even cops did not know how to handle it at first.

So, the film reveals one of the most horrific episodes ever happened in the American soil. Like everything has a first time, this is where it all began for this kind of event. The filmmakers used some of the original archive footage to tell the story, but the majority of the film was the animation. Since it was a documentary film and was made under a tight budget, the visuals were not that pleasant, but the notion was well achieved.

Documentary films and interviews are like thunder and lightening. So there are interviews in it, but most of them were made-up of. I mean they were real, though not with the real people, except their recorded voice interviews in most of the cases. It was challenging to bring back the original event on the screen since it is not a feature film to recreate whatever way they want, especially that occurred half a century ago. But very appreciable for even giving us this much of detail to feel the vibe.

❝One of the truths I have learnt is that there are monsters that walk among us.❞

It was like any other normal day on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. But the scenario has suddenly changed when two student couple fell on the ground not aware of what just happened, and so the people around. After some time, it became clear that a gunman open fired on them and many others from a nearby tower, but the real issue is nobody could see him. Soon it reached the radio and television, and alert has been circulated. Then the cops got involved to solve the matter and how it all ends covered in the rest of the films.

This is a good film, revealed most of the parts as much as in details, but I'm not fully convinced. Because the concept of narration was quite similar to feature film style where they want to keep the mystery. It all begins with one perspective and multiplies as it progresses. Except not focusing enough on the negative character. I understood the situation of the event, but I did not get enough detail about the gunman. It was like one side of the story. So mysterious and it stayed that way.

Shorter and well paced. This is definitely worth checking out, though not a must see. To learn the history, the bad one. I had no idea about it prior to watch, but at the end, I felt it accomplished everything on its capacity to give out the truth. No matter it is a documentary film, along with the suspense, the tension was well balanced. So, more or less it is same as like watching a regular crime film. That's especially for those who are not into documentary films. I hope someone would make a feature film out of it.

8/10


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3 February 2017 (UK) See more »

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$101,987

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