Sacco & Vanzetti

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Released 2007

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Director:
Peter Miller
Released:
2007
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Sacco and Vanzetti is a documentary film that takes aim at the controversial case of two Italian immigrants that were charged, convicted, and executed for murder in the 1920's. On April 15, 1920 in the town of Braintree, MA, a security guard and a paymaster were murdered. The prime suspects in the case were a couple of Italian anarchists, Niccola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Known to be followers of the militant leader Luigi Galleani, the two were charged with the crime, and subsequently convicted, despite neither having a criminal record. Sacco and Vanzetti, directed by Peter Miller, delves into what was and still is one of the most highly publicized and disputed legal outcomes in the history of America; Sacco and Vanzettii, being immigrants and non mainstream thinkers, were targeted, and their conviction was seen as more of a political gain than a true conviction for murder. Via old footage, poignant interviews with historians and legal scholars, and readings from the prison writings of Sacco (Tony Shalhoub) and Vanzetti (John Turturro), Miller exposes the many miscarriages of justice for immigrants and unconventional thinkers still seen today, through the eyes of this very famous court case.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Does a superb job of condensing an overwhelming mass of documentation, archival imagery and artistic representation into a concise yet passionate history lesson whose relevance cou...

  • 70

    The New York Times

    The movie's meat-and-potatoes style seems less a failure of imagination than a means of putting in the foreground its intriguing subject matter.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Regardless of your opinion about Sacco and Vanzetti, the documentary should prove thoughtful and thought-provoking.

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    Politics, Biography, History