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In the Year of the Pig (1968)

Director: Emile de Antonio
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues, Military, Vietnam War
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
Documentary filmmaker Emil DeAntonio's In the Year of the Pig was financed by New York society matron Mrs. Orville Schell; her fund-raising dinners earned her an executive producer credit on the completed film. An extremely radicalized view of the still-raging war in Vietnam, Pig was so unabashedly provocative that it earned DeAntonio the tireless scrutiny of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover (whose file on the filmmaker inspired yet another DeAntonio production of 1990, Mr. Hoover and I). The film's highlight is an interview with the late general George S. Patton, adroitly re-edited to make it seem as though Patton (who died in 1945) is characterizing the boys in Nam as "a bloody good bunch of killers." Bracketed between his Rush to Judgment (based on the highly suspect findings of JFK-conspiracy theorist Jim Garrison ) and his America is Hard to See (a chronicle of the Eugene McCarthy Presidential campaign), DeAntonio's In the Year of the Pig is an amalgam of the best and worst elements of those two offerings. The film says what needs to be said, but it often ends up preaching only to the converted. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Eye opening by MbDooley January 5, 2006 - 10:16 AM PST
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This has really great early footage (from the 40s, 50s, 60s). I learned more American history that I didn't know from this video than anything I've ever watched. The interviews are even more damning since he just lets them be judged on their own words, no voiceover.




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