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Uncle Bob2010

  • 3.3
On a fateful night in 1974, millions of Americans tuned in to the Academy Awards® and watched in shock as an anonymous man streaked naked across the stage in the middle of the show. In an instant, the prankster named Robert Opel rocketed to iconic status, but to this day few people know the full story behind the man who is widely remembered for a single moment in his life. Now, Opel's nephew (also named Robert) presents this fascinating documentary that illuminates the story of the gay San Francisco photographer and gallery owner who lived a life of political activism (and occasional public indecency) until his murder in 1979. Robert Oppel takes viewers back to the politically turbulent 1970s when San Francisco's nascent gay rights movement took flight. Featuring interviews with Oppel's peers as well as rarely seen archived interviews with early gay icons like John Waters, drag performer Divine and Elizabeth Taylor, UNCLE BOB uncovers the radical life of a man who lived like he had nothing to hide.

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Member Reviews (3)

Tends to be pretty self-indulgent. The director seems more interested in how his uncle's death impacts him than in the death itself. And had he an ounce of since he could have arranged for a second unit to interview the convicted killer. Had he gotten a crew there for an interview much of what sends to be conspiracy could have been classified. As it stands, it's an interesting look at the arts and gay cultures in SFO during a truly turbulent time.

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Very grateful to see a film tribute to Robert Opel. I'm also grateful to get to know the gay icons of the 1970's, and relive those turbulent times. Will be watching for the sequel to this docudrama in the hope that his murder will find the justice the documentary seeks to find.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I remember seeing Uncle Bob's streak live on TV and loved the uproar. Having lived through the changing attitudes toward LGBT people, the film was a refresher course on how far we have come and how far we still have to go.