Anthem (1997)




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Two young women travel across the country in an old Saab armed with Hi-8 cameras, experience as Hollywood production assistants and a strong desire to capture the true character and spirit of the American people. Their journey leads Kristin Hahn and Shainee Gabel to interview a wide variety of people ranging from cultural and generational icons such as journalist Hunter S. Thompson to author Studs Terkel to actor/filmmaker Robert Redford to politicians Christine Ferrari and George McGovern to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Shainee Gabel, Kristin Hahn
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On DVD: Jun 26, 2007


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Critic Reviews for Anthem

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

Gabel and Hahn, whose thoughtful and frequently amusing commentary carries us through thousands of miles of interstate and more motels than Frank Zappa ever imagined, are guided by John Steinbeck's wisdom that you don't take a trip, but the trip takes you

Full Review… | October 17, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

This is a documentary that could easily have been overly self-indulgent or fashionably irreverent but instead appeals to one's intelligence and provides glimpses of a dynamic country cruising peacefully toward the millennium.

September 24, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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It's enjoyable precisely because Hahn and Gabel give us both sides of the experience: the interviewer and interviewee. Though there's an undercurrent of melancholy, Anthem is a bright ride, a welcome shot of 60's optimism in a gray post-modern age.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The delightful, sometimes humorous yet thoughtful result of [Gabel's and Hahn's] efforts is Anthem, in which they talk to nearly 30 people, some famous, some obscure, to find out what's on their minds.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

a naive, surprisingly sloppy documentary.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film has the invitingly earnest feel of a Charles Kuralt feature, bringing you into the living rooms, kitchens and cars of some very unlikely heroes.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
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