The Weather Underground

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Released 2002

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Director:
Sam Green , Bill Siegel
Released:
2002
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"Hello. I'm going to read a declaration of a state of war...Within the next 14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of American injustice"--Bernardine Dohrn. Thirty years ago, with these words, a group of young American radicals called The Weathermen announced their intention to overthrow the U.S. government. Fueled by outrage over the Vietnam War and racism in America, they went underground during the 1970s, bombing targets across the country that they felt symbolized "the real violence" that the U.S. government and capitalist power were wreaking throughout the world. From pitched battles with police on Chicago's city streets, to bombing the U.S. Capitol building, to breaking acid-guru Timothy Leary out of prison, this carefully organized clandestine network attempted to incite a national revolution, while successfully evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. One of the top documentaries of the year, this award-winning film interweaves extensive archival material with modern-day interviews to explore the incredible story of "The Weather Underground." As former members reflect candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home," they paint a compelling portrait of troubled and revolutionary times, with unexpected and often striking connections to the current world situation.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    This terrifically smart and solid piece of filmmaking lets the former Weathermen, now in their 50's and older, speak into the camera and reveal a bit of their personal histories as...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A compelling piece of work that turns out to have unexpected relevance to the current world situation.

  • 60

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Assembled in a straightforward, television-style presentation that gets the better of it.

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