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When the Beatles land in America in the early 1960s, young men wearing their hair long strike the nation as an abomination. But within a few years, youthful rebellion grows more severe: Witness the Weathermen, the radical antiwar activists who mobilize (unsuccessfully) to overthrow the U.S. government. With contemporary interviews and archival footage, this documentary elucidates the Weather Underground's controversial history and continuing significance.

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Sam Green
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Sam Green
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Christian Ettinger
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Mary Harron
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Sue Ellen McCann
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  • Mar 14, 2013
    This Oscar nominated documentary gives a look into The Weather Underground anti-Vietnam radical group.It interviews members of the group and FBI investigators who were trying to destroy it. This terrorist group included the likes of Bill Ayers, who you might recall Rush Limbaugh speaking of when addressing Obama. This film is not for the close-minded, if you have a strong opinion on the issue you have nothing to gain here. It's really more of a documentary that would be shown in a high school history class, except for the orge tape. It never gave full facts though, just opinions. I didn't learn if the bombs killed someone, or any of the vital information. No one on either side is asked a difficult question, and they just allow the people to blab on.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2012
    Another fabulous documentary featuring one of the more radical elements of the '60s protest movement (at least for white America). This is cat and mouse game between the authorities and those driven to change society in desparate ways.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2011
    "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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    Captivating and flawless with an eerie score running throughout. A must see.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer

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