Ken Tucker
May 28, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Weather Underground

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
92 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/04/03
performer
Lili Taylor, Pamela Z
director
Sam Green, Bill Siegel
distributor
Shadow Distribution
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A

Sam Green and Bill Siegel’s Oscar-nominated assemblage of news footage and fresh interviews focuses on the two most glam Vietnam War radicals, Weather Underground cofounders Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers. Proponents of violent acts, targets of government infiltration, ”ready to be mass murderers” (says Todd Gitlin), the Weathermen remain the most contentious wing of counterculture history. The film’s relevance? As Dohrn says, ”It’s 34 years later and we’re still in a state of war.” EXTRAS Dohrn and Ayers’ commentary is self-righteous and unrepentant; and Green explains how he, at 37 — too young to have countered the culture firsthand — became engrossed in a period of political activism that today seems unthinkable.

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