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Patty Hearst


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  • Actors: Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, Dana Delany, Frances Fisher
  • Directors: Paul Schrader
  • Writers: Nicholas Kazan
  • Producers: Marvin Worth
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ULEEZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,265 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A dramatization of the newspaper heiress' abduction and subsequent brainwashing by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

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She is threatened if she does not join their group.
Ray Stephanson
The direction by Schrader is superb on every level with a taunt engrossing intelligent script that explains without being didactic.
The Mysterious Traveler
It was what I asked for, it just wasn't exactly what I expected, it was ok, I guess.
Gail D. ARCY

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "lexo-2" on July 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
"Patty Hearst"'s title is about as self-explanatory as they come. Natasha Richardson (Vanessa Redgrave's elder daughter) plays the eponymous, uhhh, heroine, kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (don't even ask...) and eventually brought round to the point of joining them on a bank robbery.
The second half of the film, in which Patty and the gang are on the run from the cops, is exciting enough in its way. Schrader's trademark willingness to explore what many people would regard as total amorality enables him to make us care for this raggle-taggle bunch of outlaws, as one after another they're arrested, gunned down or burned. Richardson herself is very good as Patty, having to run the gamut from spoiled heiress via terrified captive to bitterly experienced convict.
It's the first half, though, that makes the second half work. Patty's captivity is rendered in a dark, surreal, almost theatrical way; we are locked in a room with her for much of the first half an hour, experiencing her captors only as black silhouettes against white light. The stylisation that worked so well on Schrader's "Mishima" is here employed to other ends, and suprisingly successfully. If the earlier portions of "Patty Hearst" weren't so good, the later part wouldn't carry the charge that it has; Patty's wish to join the SLA only makes sense in terms of the extreme experience she's been through.
The real Patty Hearst went on to act in a John Waters movie, which must make Schrader wince whenever he thinks of it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mister Mayhem on March 19, 2009
Format: VHS Tape
This is the film that made me a fan of both Natasha Richardson, and Paul Schrader. I love the Storys progression, and how the views of Patty's kidnappers change from frighting creatures to just ordinary people - wishing they could be extraordinary and change the world - and in this case go about it in a most outlandish way.

It is not only taking part in viewing Patty's transformation while in captivity, but viewing the mores of this subculture/cult, and day to day living is fascinating.

Now that Ms. Richardson has just died at such a young age, it saddens me that the majority of Americans will never get to see this amazing performance because someone with the rights somewhere doesn't want to release it for us on DVD. Some online movie rental services allow you to watch the film streamed to your computer, but it is the pan and scan "video" version we get to see, not the quality we are used to viewing today. But it is worth adding to you movie collection even if it is just the VHS copy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tommie T on April 6, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is hard to take at times. The first part of the movie puts you right inside Patty's head which isn't a nice place to be. The movie asks some really hard qestions like what would I have done if I was Patty? How far is to far to take your beliefs?

Over all the movie is a good one. But if you are looking for some cheap made for TV movie of the week skip this one. If you are looking for a thought provoking, well acted movie this is the one for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hollywood Hack on November 7, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
Paul Schrader's superb direction and Natasha Richardson's hard hitting performance as Patty should have been a shoe-in to win on Oscar night. Film captures in great detail the terror felt by Hearst, tortured by kidnappers and forced to participate in bank robberies. Ending also is effective in the way it redicules the state's case at her trial (ex. The DA asks if she ever sent her parents any birthday cards) but I won't give the rest away. Like most movies, the lack of backing from a major studio probably reduced critic's reviews by a few stars. Natasha will be missed, passing away at a ripe age when an Oscar-winning part might have come her way.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ronny Marshall on May 1, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This film shows the story from the side of the only person that can tell the story, Patty Hearst.

I was on set of this film to be an extra (the bank robbery) but didn't make the cut.

The film is very acturate in facts and the performances are great. Ms. Richardson gives a great performance as Patty and from what I recall from the filming, a nice woman and beautiful.

What I love about this film is that at the Cannes Film Festable, Patty Hearst herself met John Waters and became friends. Since then she now has had rolls in all of his films. Good for Patty. The SLA may have taken years of her life, but in the end Patty has the last laugh. Go on Patty!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By filmbuff78 on June 4, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Feels a bit like a made for tv movie but with that aside, my eyes were glued to the screen from beginning to end. I have no idea how Natasha Richardson didn't get an Oscar nom for this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Mysterious Traveler on August 10, 2012
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PATTY HEARST(1988) Directed by Paul Schrader

Starring Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames and Dana Delany.

America's reaction after the Twin Towers left me somewhat ruefully bemused. Everyone was so shocked. Yet in the 20th century. the country has been victimized by Terrorists before. Be it the assassination of Presidents (McKinley and Kennedy) or another Sept in 1920 when Terrorists attempted to blow up Wall Street.

Likewise the incomprehension regarding John Walker and now Charles Bishop. The country again within the 20th century has experienced the traitorous murderous likes of Kathy Boudin, Bill Ayers and Lori Berenson. And there was always the story of Patricia Hearst.

Yet it occurred to me that, for the most part, save for a few Faux terrorists like Sean Bean in PATRIOT GAMES and Alan Rickman in DIE HARD plus the pernicious sympathetic Muslim Barbarian, Hollywood has pretty much fumbled the ball in it's artistic imperative of ennobling, entertaining and enlightening when it has come to terrorists and terrorism. The reason is not too difficult to imagine when one considers that the origins of the majority of the World's Terrorist Orgnizations be it the Huks, Beader-Meinhoff, the Red Brigades or the Shining Path are not ones the "Artistic" community is much interested in "illuminating".

Thusly I came to the film in question with dread and much foreboding only to be stunned by how good it turned out to be. In fact, the film is an undiscovered Classic. The plot concerns the kidnapping, abuse, brainwashing and conversion of Patricia Hearst into a member of the murderous Symbionese Liberation Army.
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