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The Weather Underground2002

  • 3.9
Thirty years ago, with these words, a group of young American radicals 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 Timonthy 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. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2004 Academy Awards®.

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The movie does a great job of putting the viewer back into the day when we all had to make choices of how we would end the war. There was frustration the war kept expanding, The Vietnamese kept dying, soldiers kept being sacrificed and the war continued. The Weather Underground saw the need to bring the war home, this decision is left up to the viewer to judge. The reasons for the Weather Underground's path is well outlined. If you lived during the period and were not involved in the anti-war movement you should watch this movie. If you were in the military you should watch this movie. If you weren't born during the anti-war era you should watch this movie. If you watch this movie, you should also watch "Berkeley in the Sixties". In fact watch 'Berkeley' first then "The Weather Underground" after.

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WELL MADE, OBJECTIVE DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND. I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEE VIDEO OF THE KILLING OF THE BANK TRUCK DRIVER, WHICH AT THE TIME SEEMED UNJUSTIFIED TO NE. JUST A WORKING STIFF, WHILE THEIR PARENTS WE SEE ARE UPPER CLASS. I ALSO WONDER WHY THERE WAS NO COVERAGE OF PATTY HEARST? DID THEY FACE A SUIT IF THEY COVERED HER? I WAS AMBIGUOUS ABOUT THEM AT THE TIME, AND THEY LOST ME AS THEIR VIOLENCE CONTINUED. I WAS IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN THE SOUTH, ALONG WITH A LOT OF OTHER WHITE SOUTHERNERS. WISH SOMEONE WOULD COVER US BEFORE WE ALL DIE. MOST OF MY FRIENDS HAVE. I TOLD OCCUPY TO DO A SILENT VIGIL FR0M THE RICH PART OF PARK AVENUE IN NYC DOWN TO WALL ST. WE WOULD JUST STAND THERE, HOLD A SIGN OR NOT, BLOCKING NO EXITS OR ENTRANCES. MIC CHECKS AND DRUMMING ALL NIGHT WERE A GENUINE PUBLIC NUISANCE. SILENCE VIGILS GET AS MUCH COVERAGE AND ELICIT MORE RESPECT.

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Really, the big mistake was not hanging all of those assholes. My father worked in one of those buildings and he was a better man than any of them ever good be. He had the benefit of history and knowledge and trade skills. He could think and build, and was good to other people. These people destroy like evil, sick, petulant children. Lucky for you Bill Ayers, my father was never hurt, or they'd still be looking for you.

Interesting, if anything over-complete, un-nuanced. The Establishment is a monolith - views of which have not changed with time in this documentary.

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Very accurate.

Extremely well done.

A thorough overview of this radical group. Good dialogue, technically high quality for a documentary and a very interesting story.