In October 1969 hundreds of young people, clad in football helmets and wielding lead pipes, marched through an upscale Chicago shopping district, pummeling parked cars and smashing shop windows in their path.
This was the first demonstration of the Weather Underground's "Days of Rage." Outraged by the Vietnam War and racism in America, the organization waged a low-level war against the U.S. government through much of the 1970s, bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history.
The Weather Underground is a feature-length documentary that explores the rise and fall of this radical movement, as former members speak candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home" and the trajectory that placed them on the FBI's most wanted list.
"A great story! The young, violent, and glamorous anti-establishment militants of the 1960s. Terrifically smart!" --Elvis Mitchell, NY TIMES
"THREE AND A HALF STARS...chronicles those early days of idealism, and their transition into a period when American society seemed for an instant on the point of revolution." -Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"(THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND) does something that's almost impossible to do in works of history -- it conveys a sense of what the past actually felt like." --Andrew O'Hehir, SALON.COM
"Often gripping, (with) a pleasingly rough-hewn quality. Engrossing!" --J. Hoberman, THE VILLAGE VOICE
ACADEMY AWARD(r) NOMINEE * BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
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