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Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2003)

Cast: Russell Little, Russell Little, Mike Bortin, more...
Director: Robert Stone, Robert Stone
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Studio: New Video Group
Genre: Documentary, Biographies
Running Time: 89 min.
Languages: English
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Part of the American Experience series on PBS, Neverland: The Rise and Fall of the Symbionese Liberation Army is a documentary about the short-lived radical political group that caused a media frenzy in the early '70s. Filmmaker Robert Stone incorporates archival footage, news clips, and contemporary interviews with SLA founder Russ Little and member Mike Bortin. Most of the film focuses on their much-publicized act of domestic terrorism: the kidnapping of Patty Hearst in 1974. The group held the 19-year-old college student hostage, demanding that her father, William Randolph Hearst, give millions of dollars to the poor. Later, the girl was said to have joined the group on a crime spree throughout the West Coast. Neverland was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the documentary competition. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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America by talltale October 6, 2005 - 7:36 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
One more in a decade (the 2000s) full of model documentaries, GUERRILLA: THE TAKING OF PATTY HEARST is riveting--even for those of us who lived in L.A. or San Francisco during the 1970s, as these events were taking place. The movie brings back many long-forgotten faces and voices, and the moviemakers simply report the events in an intellligent, straight-forward fashion, keeping a tight rein on their feelings, right up to (but not including) the final--knockout--moment.

This is a glimpse of America in all its crazy diversity: right for the wrong reasons, wrong for the right ones; our revolutionaries feeble, misguided, violent and confused and--as ever--the rich never having to pay for a thing. A must-see.

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