Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst

Released 2004


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Robert Stone
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In 1974, a teenage newspaper heiress and Berkeley undergrad was kidnapped at gunpoint from her apartment, setting off one of the most bizarre episodes in recent history. The kidnappers, completely off the map before Patty Hearst disappeared into the San Francisco night, were a small band of young, ferociously militant political radicals, dedicated to the rights of prisoners and the working class. They called themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army. Over the course of about three years they robbed banks, senselessly killed two innocent people, instigated a firefight after attempting to shoplift a pair of socks, and, most famously, converted their hostage and victim. They also achieved an undeniably visionary manipulation of the media, inciting perhaps the first modern media frenzy. Presenting resonating questions about the role of the media in America--mouthpiece? Messenger? Truth seeker? --The ethical dilemmas posed by new technologies, and the proximity of madness to political extremism.


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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Gathers riveting, rarely seen news clips from the era into a chronology that plays like a suspenseful police drama.

  • 80

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Superbly researched and constructed, pic is an improvement over last year's "The Weather Underground," which backed away from judging political terror on the left.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Plays out smaller and less climactic than the way anyone old enough to recall will remember.

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