After only one week in the theaters in 1972, FTA ("Free" the Army, for the clean-minded) disappeared, but the zany Vietnam satire was not quickly forgotten. The rowdy documentary, hosted by Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, offers a lighthearted look at the anti-war movement, all the while serving as a reminder of the conflict's darkest details. Together with musicians and fellow actors, Fonda and Sutherland present songs and political sketches based on testimony from soldiers stationed in the Pacific Rim.
Available for the first time since it mysteriously disappeared in 1972 after only one week in theaters, this raucous film is a riveting slice of the Vietnam anti-war movement. Reviving the wonderfully campy, yet biting theater of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland's Free The Army (or, more popularly, "F*** The Army") Tour, FTA captures the entertaining magic and mayhem of the anti-war and pro-labor show as it rallies and rouses dissident GIs stationed along the Pacific Rim.
A gritty mix of rollicking performances and GI interviews, FTA juxtaposes lighthearted political satire with the somber realities of war, occupation, and the absurdities of military life, a barbed rebuke to the staid USO program. From Okinawa to the Philippines, stirred by the show's provocative message, the members of the U.S. military find courage to speak out candidly in front of the camera.
Fonda and Sutherland are joined on stage by an all-star cast of musicians and activists including folk musician Len Chandler, songstress Rita Martinson, and comedian Paul Mooney.
A fresh look at the Vietnam anti-war movement through the songs and skits that shook a generation, this film will leave you singing along with the fired-up men and women of the military. Foxtrot, Tango, Alpha... F*** the Army!