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Ruby Ridge 

Shortly before dawn on August 21, 1992, six heavily armed U.S. marshals made their way up to the isolated mountaintop home of Randy and Vicki Weaver and their three children on Ruby Ridge ... See full summary »

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Barak Goodman
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Episode credited cast:
Jim Botting Jim Botting ... Himself
Richard Butler ... Himself (archive footage)
Bo Gritz ... Himself
Peter Jennings ... Himself (archive footage)
Daniel Levitas ... Himself
Jess Walter ... Himself
Randy Weaver ... Himself (archive footage)
Sara Weaver ... Herself
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Shortly before dawn on August 21, 1992, six heavily armed U.S. marshals made their way up to the isolated mountaintop home of Randy and Vicki Weaver and their three children on Ruby Ridge in Northern Idaho. Charged with selling two illegal sawed-off shotguns to an undercover agent, Weaver had failed to appear in court and law enforcement was tasked with bringing him in. For months, the Weavers had been holed up on their property with a cache of firearms, including automatic weapons. When the federal agents surveilling the property crossed paths with members of the family, a firefight broke out. The standoff that mesmerized the nation would leave Weaver injured, his wife and son dead, and some convinced that the federal government was out of control. Drawing upon eyewitness accounts, including interviews with Weaver's daughter, Sara, and federal agents involved in the confrontation, Ruby Ridge is a riveting account of the event that helped give rise to the modern American militia ...

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English

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14 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Misinformation, fear and it's tragic aftermath.
11 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was rather surprised by this documentary from "The American Experience", as it seemed to say that the deaths at Ruby Ridge was caused by the government and that the Weaver family, though heavily armed, did not cause a risk to others. This is because there had been some misinformation that painted the Weavers as crazed White Supremacists...though according to the film, this was a mistaken assumption. What follows is the story as told by one of the grown Weaver children as well as government agents who also seemed to agree that their agencies precipitated this needless confrontation. Fascinating, sad and, hopefully, a screw-up that will serve as a tool about what NOT to do in the future. Well made and worth seeing, though the epilogue was a bit short and incomplete. Also, why wasn't Randy Weaver interviewed for the film? If they offered him a chance, why didn't they explain this?


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