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Posted: 2/27/2006 8:38:39 PM EDT
Here's the blurb from Netflix:


Still a controversial chapter in American history, this documentary investigates the American domestic terrorist group that gained fame for the 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. The S.L.A.'s motto was "Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people!" A riveting account of the rise and fall of an organization with utopian ideals that went tragically wrong.


Okay, living in Los Angeles as a kid, I remember the kidnapping. But the details were always a bit sketchy, because I was too young to grasp what had happened.

The movie is somewhat sympathetic towards the SLA. That bugged me. But the old news footage and recordings really open your eyes as to the change Patty Hearst went through during this. I'm not so ignorant to believe that it was 100% Stockholm Syndrome that caused her to go the way she did, but you do hear the change in her attitude and concerns when they play some of the recordings.

There is a nice twist at the end that even I was not aware of. This twist actually caused the delay of the release of this documentory. For those who do not know, I won't spill it, other than to say that the one who thinks they are heros really gets his in the end.

So, questions this raised. Did Patty Hearst really get "brain-washed"? If so, did she still deserve the commutation of her sentence by Jimmy Carter and eventual full pardon by Bill Clinton? The ending makes you wonder if she would have suffered the same fate, had she not been a Hearst.

Good documentory, slow at first while they explain the beginnings of the SLA, but worth learning a bit about the Cindy Sheehan's and Code Pink's of yesterday...

Not sure how many copies they have, but it got sent back to Netflix today.

Eric
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 5:50:37 AM EDT
btt, for those who may have missed this.

Eric
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 11:50:24 AM EDT
Interesting. I would like to see the flim too. I remember being scared of Patty Heirst when I was little being told by my father she was a terrorist.

Link Posted: 3/3/2006 11:54:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/3/2006 12:13:26 PM EDT by LWilde]
The VERY violent end of the SLA was oh soooo sweet! A shitload of gunfire, then gas grenades (The LAPD still had a set in those days! )...then tons of nice fire to toast the BGs. Most were in the safe house and killed. "Tania" (Hearst) and a few others were out at the time and escaped.

The ONLY difference between our current crop of anti-American, socialist assholes and the old crop of moonbats is that these sons and daughters...the Red Diaper Babies, are far less violent. Lots of their parents did long stretches in the lockup or were killed after they bombed, murdered, and robbed.

These pussies...the DUmmies for example have the same mindset...but don't tote the guns any more.

THAT is for us.
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