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Brothers on the Line 2014

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4.8 out of 5 stars (11) IMDb 8.3/10

Labor leader Walter Reuther and his brothers face violent opposition on the road to building the United Auto Workers union, a 40-year crusade from factory shop floor to national spotlight of civil rights activism and inner-circle Washington politics.

Starring:
Walter Reuther, Martin Sheen
Runtime:
1 hour, 20 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Sasha Reuther
Starring Walter Reuther, Martin Sheen
Supporting actors Victor Reuther, Roy Reuther, Ted Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Andrew Young, George Meany, Henry Ford, Harry Bennett, John Conyers, Doug Fraser, Dolores Huerta, Gordon Baker, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Paul Schrade, Jerry Tucker
Studio Porter Street Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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An educational and inspirational film on organized labor and the immense good that unionism has done for improving the lives of the working class in America.

Hopefully this documentary will serve to educate a new generation on the positive influence which unions in general, and more specifically, the UAW, has had in building the middle class and serving as a powerful vehicle for civil rights and social justice.

This is not so much a reaffirmation of a forgotten or lost history, but rather a new shining of the light of truth on a history which has been slandered, disparaged and lied about by the powerful and corrupting influence of corporate money and thirty plus years of intentional anti-union misinformation in all areas of public discourse.

Its time to stop the lies, time to fight back against the corporate culture of greed and exploitation which is threatening the economic prosperity of this nation, destroying the middle class and once again squeezing the life out of the working poor.

We can change our economic course...we did it before...the Reuther Brothers and the UAW are a testament to that...and we can do it again. We just have to organize and work together in a spirit of common cause and solidarity for the betterment of all, not just the privileged few, for the nation as a whole and not just those who live behind mansion gates paid for by the exploited labor of America's hard working men and women.
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A truly moving and engaging documentary about an important part of our history - our moral history - that is quickly drifting into the past. The Reuther brothers had a big picture of what a union should and could do that went beyond simply improving the circumstances of members - one that looked more broadly to civil rights and equality in the nation and the world. Extremely well done. Pulls together a history of mid-20th Century America in an intelligent and very compelling way. Really worth watching. - David Korzenik
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Compelling, gripping, powerful, inspirational, educational, visionary, but most of all, this is a story of sustained courage. "Brothers on the Line"
is a moving story of the building of the American middle class and national prosperity despite incredible obstacles and dangers, including assassination attempts that nearly killed two of the brothers, leaving both with permanent disabilities. Still the Reuther brothers would not be deterred.

The documentary is straightforward, also revealing family shortcomings, but it's an inspiring history lesson of how 3 poor kids with the immense courage of their convictions lifted themselves, their peers, and the entire country to a higher standard of economic prosperity and gender and racial equality. This is a story for the ages.
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I had read quite a bit of material over the years on the UAW because I'm from an automotive background. I was still suprised to find many details that I didn't know related to the political connections and the connections with the civil rights movement. I really enjoyed this DVD.
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Excellent video depicting the struggle of working class people in the United States.
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Excellent film. Inspirational. People Like Walter don't exsist anymore.
This is a must watch for everyone. Shows how could we have it and how we're losing it all.
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