The Weather Underground (2002)
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 combative approach. As the student protests ebbed in the 1970s, the group went underground and shifted tactics, embarking on a terrorist campaign against the U.S. government. For years, the Weather Underground evaded the authorities' grasp, even as it pulled off high-profile bombings against government targets. Their momentum petered out in the 1980s, as one by one the organization's members surrendered after years on the run. The Weather Underground uses extensive archival footage and revealing interviews with the surviving members to trace the group's evolution and place their actions in the context of the period's tumultuous events. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Weather Underground
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.
The Weather Underground leaves the viewer with many questions. To the filmmakers' credit, most of them are the right and urgent ones to ask.
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.
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.
An eye-opening look at idealism taken to extremes during one of the most turbulent periods of American history.
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
Um olhar interessante sobre um período conturbado e incrivelmente rico no cenário da militância política entre os jovens norte-americanos: a década de 70.
Proves to those few of us who try to see both sides of an argument that evil is a mere perception.
Their story is history they don't teach in school, which makes The Weather Underground all the more welcome.
A must-see for anyone interested in one of the most turbulent periods in recent American history.
A compelling documentary that makes effective use of contemporary interviews, news-show clips, grainy 8mm footage and narration.
The Weather Underground does as fine a job of getting into the heads of its subjects as any documentary in recent memory.
It's hard not to feel a little deja vu watching this informative documentary.
A homegrown terrorist movement with pretensions to Third World revolution, '60s radicals the Weather Underground make fascinating subjects for a feature documentary.
It's really jam-packed full of great stuff.
intimate insider portrait of the radical Weather Underground in the context of its times
A keen-eyed and occasionally sardonically comical look at how good intentions -- even noble ones -- can cross the line.
Bob Dylan said that you didn't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blew. He's still right.
A perceptive, fascinating and relatively evenhanded look at the most radical arm of the American student rebellion of the Vietnam era.
Audience Reviews for The Weather Underground
"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.
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.
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?More
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