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Camden 28

Camden 28 (2007)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 3

Despite the fact the events chronicled in The Camden 28 occurred 30 years ago, this poignant and compassionate doc about Vietnam protesters is both powerful and timely.

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2

Despite the fact the events chronicled in The Camden 28 occurred 30 years ago, this poignant and compassionate doc about Vietnam protesters is both powerful and timely.

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Filmmaker Anthony Giacchino explores the remarkable story of 28 anti-war activists who protested the Vietnam War by conspiring to break into a draft-board office in Camden, NJ, and destroy government draft records identifying young men available for military service. On Sunday, August 22, 1971, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and Attorney General John Mitchell announced that 20 anti-war activists had been arrested in and around a Camden draft-board office. Just five days later, the indictment of

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Sep 18, 2007

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (3) | DVD (1)

Director Anthony Giacchino doesn't always relate the tale in the clearest fashion, but his sometimes overly emotional approach... doesn't detract from its essential fascination.

August 11, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Not exactly blazing cinema, but intellectually riveting.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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The moments never add up to a movie.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Their story is inspiring and, all these years later, relevant.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Concise, inventive and unabashedly partisan, The Camden 28 is a small movie that contains multitudes.

July 27, 2007
New York Times
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Though the filmmaking is pedestrian, The Camden 28's timeless truths come through with resounding power.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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If anything it also shows that dissent is a far gone notion in our modern society...

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Until a worthwhile dramatized version of the Camden 28 comes along, this dutiful documentary will suffice.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

When it comes to political agitation, the Camden 28 are genuine heroes and deserve to be recognized for what they dared to achieve.

July 29, 2007 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

Times have changed, but many of the questions remain the same: How far would you go to stop a war you felt was unjust? Would you break the law if you felt that law to be by nature unlawful?

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A vivid and impassioned chronicle of unwavering moral courage under extreme duress.

July 27, 2007
Reel.com

[Giacchino's] sympathy for his subjects, their cause and the tradition of Christian pacifism is evident yet doesn't cloud the storytelling as he defies viewers not to stand in admiration and ask tough questions of themselves.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

a dully presented piece of cinema about a truly worthy group of subjects.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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In revisiting the oppressive measures employed by the FBI during that era, the viewer is treated to a welcome message about the right, if not the duty, to challenge authority, especially in the face of corruption, intransigence and utter arrogance.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
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A documentary about a watershed trial in 1973 of some anti-war activists from the Catholic Left who took a stand on the basis of conscience.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

While no one will mistake director Anthony Giacchino for Michael Moore, the documentarian unfolds the drama of the arrest and eventual not guilty verdict of 28 Vietnam War protesters in 1971.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Audience Reviews for Camden 28

[font=Century Gothic]In 1971, a group of antiwar activists led by Protestant and Catholic clergy who were inspired by the civil disobedience of priests Philip and Daniel Berrigan decided to steal and destroy draft records in Camden, NJ. "The Camden 28" is a highly engrossing documentary about this action told through archival footage, interviews with participants and footage of a reunion 30 years later. The story is a complex one, with a couple of twists. Not only were the activists concerned with the war in Vietnam, but also the poverty in their native Camden.(Many of the local draftees were selected from the poorest neighborhoods.) It even made me rethink some of my views of religion but I did cringe when one of the priests talked about life being sacred. And it was especially cool that some of these activists are still involved in the antiwar movement thirty years later.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Note to the film's director: Sorry I couldn't stay after the show but I really did have to run.[/font]
July 29, 2007
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