Stop the Revolution! We Want To Get Off!
Release Date: February 29, 2008
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Director: Brett Morgen
Executive Producer: Bill Pohlad, Laura Bickford,
Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann,
Peter Schlessel, and Ricky
Producer: Brett Morgen and Graydon
Writer: Brett Morgen
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The movie starts by showing documentary footage of some of the leaders attending meetings about organizing demonstrations during the Convention. The problem is, after several riots in Chicago during the previous two years, Mayor John Daley decided to order the police to give the protestors virtually no leeway. Consequently, more than 100 protestors and more than 100 police officers suffered injuries during the clashes that followed.
Interspersed between the archival footage inside and outside the Convention is an animated re-enactment of some of the most volatile moments in the courtroom. Though based on actual transcripts, there are some inaccuracies, especially a three-day incident where the judge ordered one of the defendants, Bobby Seale, founder of the Black Panther Party, bound and gagged. Mr. Seale was actually at the screening MOVIEGUIDE® attended and told the press that his three-day ordeal was somewhat different than the way it was depicted in the movie. He also said the filmmakers did not consult him on their project.
Be that as it may, the disruptive attitude of some of the defendants, all of whom were anti-capitalist Communists, radical socialists or anarchists, is clear from the movie’s beginning. Even so, the filmmakers clearly side with the defendants and their protest movement, and against America’s free market, civil values. As later political conventions have shown, it is possible to hold a meaningful convention while accommodating the desires of thousands of protestors at the same time. We can’t help but feel that the flippant attitudes of the protestors before the convention even started deserves part of the blame for what happened. Certainly, both sides were riled up from the very beginning. Nowadays, of course, it is the campus radicals who won’t let Christians and conservatives speak.
As the documentary notes, all of the convictions were thrown out later, and the defendants never re-tried. Even so, the disruptive attitude of some of the defendants, all of whom were anti-capitalist Communists, radical socialists or anarchists, is clear throughout this movie. Even so, the filmmakers clearly side with them and against America’s free market, civil society.