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Oklahoma City (2017)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, History | 21 January 2017 (USA)
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Documents the beliefs and experiences of Timothy McVeigh in the lead-up to his bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which claimed 168 lives.


Barak Goodman


Barak Goodman
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Janet Beck ... Self - Social Security Administration
Alan Berg ... Self - Radio Talk Show Host (archive footage)
Jim Botting ... Self - FBI Negotiator
Bill Buford ... Self - ATF Team Leader
Richard Butler ... Self - Aryan Nations Founder (archive footage)
Connie Chung ... Self - Reporter (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Claudia Denny ... Self - Mother
Jim Denny ... Self - Father
Phil Donahue ... Self (archive footage)
Sam Donaldson ... Self (archive footage)
Ben Fenwick ... Self - Journalist
Jerry Flowers ... Self - Police Inspector
Helena Garrett ... Self - Mother
Lee Hancock ... Self - Journalist


The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995 is the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history; this documentary explores how a series of deadly encounters between American citizens and federal law enforcement - including the standoffs at Ruby Ridge and Waco - led to it.

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A cautionary tale of hate in America


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Himself - Biographer: [recounting McVeigh's arrest] The t-shirt he is wearing says "sic semper tyrannis": thus always to tyrants. It was what John Wilkes Booth shouted when he shot Lincoln.
Himself - Writer: For two days, McVeigh languished in the jail and nobody really knew who he was. Other than the fact that he was illegally carrying a weapon, the police had no suspicions about him.
Himself - FBI Special Agent in Charge: We called up the courthouse there and learned that Timothy McVeigh was just getting ready to appear before the judge was about ready to be released. So...
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White Bred Terrorism
26 April 2017 | by BlueFairyBlogSee all my reviews

I don't remember Oklahoma City, or Waco, or Ruby Ridge. These events, if they were in my young subconscious mind at all, were crowded out by 9/11, which happened when I was only ten years old. For a generation that has been inundated with images of terrorism, violence, and war, it's difficult to grasp just how explosive and unjust this event was, and how it shocked the nation to learn that born and bred Americans could be just as responsible for the destruction of the country's goodwill than foreign invaders.

This film was directed by Emmy winning PBS documentarian Barak Goodman (Scottsboro: An American Tragedy). He begins the film's narrative at Oklahoma City, but then flashes back to the inception of the Aryan Nation in the mid-to-late eighties, and the ensuing terrorist institutions that created a platform for an army vet named Timothy McVeigh. Tracing this critical history of white held terrorism within the United States, we see the quick succession of violent white men who have taken arms against their government, and the almost unending paranoia that it created. People like David Koresh and Randy Weaver were the inspiration for an angry, xenophobic young man without many options and a plethora of military knowledge at his disposal.

McVeigh chose the building because he wanted retribution for those who stood against the government and died because of it. In our current political climate terrorism is almost a give-in, an accepted cross to bear in our everyday lives. McVeigh was the first major figure in a long line of American born white men who have taken arms against their own citizenry (Eric Robert Rudolph, Dylann Roof, Wade Michael Page, and thirty-six others since Oklahoma City). This documentary not only sheds light on the horrific act of three disillusioned youths, but the greater trend of discontented, hate- filled teens who later become violent terrorists. These events are more common than ever, and it's not a problem that goes away with prayers and acceptance. It stops because we don't let it happen again. We protect our fellow man, our children, and those who don't have a voice. This film is illuminating in all the right ways, and emotionally devastating in a million others.

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