Guerrilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst
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"Guerrilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst" takes the viewer on a spellbinding 89-minute journey deep inside the fabric of this strange odyssey filled with terrorism, kidnapping, murder, bank robbery, shootouts with police, and the unusual "feed the hungry" demands made by the SLA.
This DVD program dissects the Hearst Kidnapping story from Day 1 in February 1974 until Day 592, which was the day Patty Hearst was finally taken into custody in San Francisco on September 18, 1975.
Two months after her abduction, to the amazement of her family (and the rest of America), a startling audio taped message had Patty announcing that she had joined forces with her kidnappers and was now being identified by a new name, "Tania".
Many segments of the original audio tapes sent to authorities by the SLA (with the voices of Patty and other SLA "comrades") are sprinkled throughout this program. The clarity of these audio tapes is quite good, too.Read more ›
The SLA were a group of self-styled "revolutionaries" who exploded into the American conciousness by gunning down Oakland's first black superintendent of schools (in the name of the people, of course). When two SLA members were arrested for the crime, the organization reacted by kidnapping Patricia Hearst, the 19 year-old heiress of the Hearst newspaper empire and, therefore, a member of what they referred to as "the ruling class." For months, the country watched transfixed as the SLA demanded that the Hearst family feed every poor person in California and listened to a series of audio tapes released by the captive Patty. On her fourth tape, Patty renounced her family and announced that she was now a member of the SLA. Within days, the missing Patty Hearst was spotted apparently holding up a bank with her new comrades. As the FBI searched for both her and the SLA, it was debated whether Patty had been brainwashed or if her conversion was sincere. It was a question that remains unanswered today and it is that question (amongst others) that makes Guerilla so fascinating.
Though Hearst is not interviewed in the film, a rather clear portrait of her does come through. Through interviews with two surviving SLA members and through her own audio tapes (the DVD includes each of those tapes), Hearst comes across as a rather niave and spoiled child who lacked the imagination to really form any opinions (or identity) of her own.Read more ›
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Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
In 1974 Patty Hearst was kidnapped from her Berkeley California apartment by domestic terrorists. Read more
I really liked it. It didn't leave me wondering anything. And it had a lot of great footage of the whole ordeal. Very good story and docu. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by bastardface
After reading Patricia Hearst's book, this movie was a good companion piece. Well researched and with good editing, it's entertaining as well as educational.Published on March 15, 2011 by Brian Brennan
I was not yet born when this event happened, but I was always fascinated by it. This uses the ACTUAL audiotapes from the event, and the ACTUAL footage from the news and from the... Read morePublished on December 8, 2010 by Tim Verheyn Junior
The story of Patty Hearst's kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) is well known. And yet, the documentary Guerilla offers viewers something new - videos, still photos,... Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by stoic
Some films reviewed in this space are offered with the idea that viewing them will given the reader, especially the younger reader or those who are not familiar with the tumultuous... Read morePublished on February 25, 2010 by Alfred Johnson