The Weather Underground (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Fascinating documentary about the militant Weathermen.


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Sam Green and Bill Siegel's documentary about a radical group whose stated goal was the violent overthrow of the U.S. government details a valuable chapter in the history of the '60s protest movement and leftism in America. The Weathermen were a faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), one of the driving forces behind the period's mass protests against social injustice and the Vietnam War. Frustrated by SDS's adherence to non-violent dissent, the Weathermen broke off and adopted a … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 2004
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Weather Underground

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (24)

If names such as Bernadine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, Naomi Jaffe and Brian Flanagan mean nothing to you, you'll definitely want to see the thought-provoking documentary, The Weather Underground.

October 31, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

The Weather Underground leaves the viewer with many questions. To the filmmakers' credit, most of them are the right and urgent ones to ask.

Full Review… | October 31, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

Directors Sam Green and Bill Siegel expertly limn the forces that gave rise to Weatherman and clearly sympathize with the group's motivations. At the same time, they don't stint on Weatherman's follies.

October 24, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Whose side the documentarians are on is never clear -- in a muddy rather than an ambiguous way. Did anyone die from the Weathermen's bombings? We don't find out here.

October 17, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

An eye-opening look at idealism taken to extremes during one of the most turbulent periods of American history.

Full Review… | September 25, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

a history lesson that takes us on a lacerating journey from the '60s anti-war movements to their emotional ripple effects in the modern-day

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Cinema Writer

Audience Reviews for The Weather Underground

½

"The Explosive Story Of America's Most Notorious Radicals."

The Weather Underground is a really interesting and absorbing documentary that chronicles an unsure time in America. The Weather Underground bombed many public buildings in protest of pretty much anything violent that the government or police did. To me it's kind of hypocritical, but hey, they were trying. All their trying basically did nothing except make them complete outcasts and make them seem like mentally ill hippies. Their motives were comprehendible, but their actions, not so much.

This documentary does a good job presenting the story through footage, interviews with actual Weathermen and little readings of letters and memoirs from the Weathermen. Now, listening to the much older Weathermen talk; most of them seem like your next door neighbor.

The film manages to keep the viewers entertained while informing us on an important time in America. A time where we had groups rioting, smashing windows, robbing banks and blowing up buildings; all in the name of the demolishment of an unjust and oppressive government. Join the fight against the oppressor or you are the oppressor is what they believed. If you sit and do nothing in a time of war, when our military is slaughtering innocent civilians in Vietnam; then you are acting in a violent way. You aren't changing or calling for a change in what is taking place in the war. So to me, their beliefs on the war make sense. I just don't think that they went about it the right way.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

A sobering and much-needed documentary. Sadly, it only begins to scrape the surface of the importance and context of the Weather Underground.

Sadly, this film would be much more at home as a History Channel special event feature, rather than the groundbreaking documentary that still needs to be made about the Weather Underground.

Regardless, don't wait around for it. This film is especially a must-see for anyone who wasn't alive during the 1960's and can't seem to bring themselves past retro-caricaturisation of the era. Direct interviews (most notably from the former FBI investigators) are more than welcome addition, although at times it seems as if the film struggles to provide detail without detracting from the coherency of the overall narrative.

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Daniel Hetteix

Super Reviewer

Informative, disturbing documentary about a time of great upheaval in the USA, and a group of misguided people who chose the wrong direction to try and make a difference. Just one question why aren't these people in jail?

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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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