Erase and Forget

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James Gordon 'Bo' Gritz is a former officer of the United States Army Special Forces. He is also one of the highest decorated Vietnam veterans in the USA. Here is a man who has inspired such screen characters as Rambo and John 'Hannibal' Smith from the action series 'The A-Team'. His controversial intention to track down American prisoners of war in Southeast Asia was financially supported by Clint Eastwood and William Shatner among others. His disclosure of the US government's involvement in the Southeast Asian drug trade made him an opponent of Washington's elite. An anti-Gulf War activist, he also contested the 1992 presidential elections. He created a US civilian paramilitary training programme and founded in Idaho a controversial patriotic-Christian commune. Bo estimates that he killed approximately 400 people during his operations. Andrea Luka Zimmerman spent more than ten years following this contradictory personality. The resulting film is a mixture of compelling re-enactment, interviews and impressive visual material. Her documentary explores how power structures, militarism and structural violence have affected both the veteran himself as well as politics in the United States.

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  • A bit shapeless and unsignposted, sometimes more like a rough cut than a finished movie, a patchwork of original interview material and archive footage. But it's a good story.

    March 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An abstract portrait of a true outsider. Shocking and compelling, even if a little meandering at times.

    March 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Zimmerman has effectively drowned any brainpower in a kaleidoscope of sloppy edits and relentless rolling footage of a man who appears to be profoundly boring.

    March 2, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • If you thought America had reached the ne plus ultra of telegenic wackos who covet the reins of power, think, on this evidence, again. Yet there is an honesty and transparency in Gritz's bluster that makes him oddly charismatic.

    February 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Erase and Forget manages to botch the mission, getting lost in arty ambiguities and lofty political aspirations instead of attacking its juicy target with the required amount of laser-guided military discipline.

    February 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "Erase and Forget" is an inadequate documentary.

    February 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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