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August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened re, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. Based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes, and survivors, TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. The lm highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.
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Well, after a description like that I just HAD to watch it. Also, I was born and raised in Texas... I'd seen the tower on visits to the Capitol... and I had NEVER heard the story before. Ever.
I thought Tower was the best documentary I've ever seen. I LOVED that they used life-like animation to do the re-enactments. The emotions and scenes came across so much more vividly than I think it would if done by real people. The story was gripping and heart-rending. This mass shooting (49 wounded... 18 of whom ended up dying) was only the 2nd mass shooting in American history (the other was 1949) and I believe it was the first mass shooting broadcast live on radio all over the nation and scenes from the shooting broadcast on TV later that evening. It was Americans first experience with something that has become all too familiar in our day. And the bravery shown by men and women, citizens and police, that day should inspire us to do likewise if put in a similar situation.
Very well done film. Not at all boring. Highly recommended!
I was moved to tears listening to the first person accounts and their individual travails. I don't recall hearing the shooters name mentioned in the whole thing. (Thank You). The people who produced this deserve a special acknowledgement. I feel so much better about this event now that it has been put in proper perspective. This movie should be shown to students in High School. This is the way to prevent violence. This is a way to heal.
One thing I would like to have learned from this documentary is WHY Whitman did this. What the authorities/doctors gathered and put together as a possible motive.