Punishment Park

(1971)

directed by Peter Watkins, 87 minutes

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Official selection of the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.

The war in Vietnam is escalating. There is massive public protest in the United States and elsewhere. President Nixon declares a state of national emergency and the federal authorities are given the power to detain persons judged to be "a risk to internal security." In a desert zone in southwest California, a civilian tribunal passes sentence on groups of dissidents and gives them the option of participating in law enforcement training exercises in the Bear Mountain National Punishment Park. In an atmosphere of aggression and intimidation and in soaring temperatures, the prisoners have to fight for their lives as they are hunted down by the forces of law and order.

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1 member found this review helpful Created 3 months ago.

A pretty good flick about the American Police State in the 1960's.

Created about 2 years ago.

Stellar.

0 of 1 members found this review helpful Created about 2 years ago.

The greatest of all political filmmakers Watkins "Punishment Park" is less of a fantasy than it might seem to the uninformed. The land set aside for the inarceration of the Japanese during WWII emains ingovernment control and the possibility that history might repeat itelf with other groups --especially political ones like "Occupy" remains. Moreover as this government tortures people overseas there's no reason why it won't do so here if the circumstances arise. Fascist blockbustrers like "The Hunger Games" make the viewing of "Punishment Park" today a;ll the more potent. It's been 41 years but it's as if it were yesterday.
Official selection of the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.
The war in Vietnam is escalating. There is massive public protest in the United States and elsewhere. President Nixon declares a state of national emergency and the federal authorities are given the power to detain persons judged to be "a risk to internal security." In a desert zone in southwest California, a civilian tribunal passes sentence on groups of dissidents and gives them the option of participating in law enforcement training exercises in the Bear Mountain National Punishment Park. In an atmosphere of aggression and intimidation and in soaring temperatures, the prisoners have to fight for their lives as they are hunted down by the forces of law and order.
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Created 9 months ago.

timeless, disturbing, important

0 of 1 members found this review helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

that sucked

Created almost 2 years ago.

This is a very revealing and timely movie and thanks for making it available.Well made and produced throughout.

Created over 2 years ago.

Wow! A trip back in time, a political manifesto, and most of all a truly gripping and original film!

Created over 2 years ago.

The greatest of all political filmmakers Watkins "Punishment Park" is less of a fantasy than it might seem to the uninformed. The land set aside for the inarceration of the Japanese during WWII emains ingovernment control and the possibility that history might repeat itelf with other groups --especially political ones like "Occupy" remains. Moreover as this government tortures people overseas there's no reason why it won't do so here if the circumstances arise. Fascist blockbustrers like "The Hunger Games" make the viewing of "Punishment Park" today a;ll the more potent. It's been 41 years but it's as if it were yesterday.

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