Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst

Guerrilla(2004)

Guerrilla is an unprecedented account of the Symbionese Liberation Army, arguably the most notorious and flamboyant domestic terrorist group in American history. Dedicated to the rights of black prisoners and the working class, the SLA set forth in 1973 to incite the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government. Their audacious kidnapping of teenage newspaper heiress Patty Hearst – who eventually joined them – inspired a media frenzy. Every detail of their descent into the surreal outer limits of political extremism was played out in public, a spectacle foreshadowing some of the worst excesses of modern TV journalism. Thirty years later, the SLA’s extraordinary two-year crime spree resonates as a timely parable of political ideology run amok, the role of the media in America – mouthpiece? messenger? truth-seeker? – and the romantic fantasies that define modern political terrorism.

35mm | Color | 87 minutes


Guerrilla Website | Theatrical Trailer | Reviews | Photographs | DVD


Principal Credits:
Robert Stone: Producer, Director
Don Kleszy: Editor
Howard Shack: Principal Photography
Coll Anderson: Sound Design
Gary Lionelli: Music

Distribution:
U.S. Magnolia Pictures
U.S. NewVideo
U.K. Tartan Films
International: Jane Balfour Films, London


Reviews:

“ Exposive. A gripping documentary that brilliantly reconstructs the entire freak event.”
- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Amazing. Director Stone illuminates this fantastic narrative as vividly as it has ever been. Fascinating.”
- VILLAGE VOICE

“Potent. A model of the documentary form, with just the right balance of tension and humor. One of the ten best films of the year.”
- TIME OUT – New York

“Hands down, the best documentary of the year.”
- CBS RADIO

“A Remarkable documentary.”
- NEW YORK TIMES

“Remarkable. With reality this compellingly bizarre, fiction doesn’t stand a chance.”
- BOSTON GLOBE


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