- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 16, 2003
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: First Run Features
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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USA Today - 12/11/1998
"...This event-packed Oscar-nominated documentary from Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown incorporates invaluable raw footage to show how the acrimony spread from committed activists to fraternity row to the business community..."
This riveting documentary vividly chronicles the antiwar protest movement of the 1960s and '70s, which grew into a genuine people's revolt as the Vietnam War escalated. Centered around the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the film incorporates a mixture of news and television reports--including advertisements and political announcements--harrowing footage of riots at the university, and interviews with activists, campus leaders, and local police. The film starts with a '63 newsreel that portrays Madison as the "number one spot to live," and gradually shows how the students' anger and outrage heats up. Their peaceful protests are ineffectual, and result in police brutality and riots. A prime example of this is the unprecedented violence at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in '68. Ultimately, fringe student activism grew into a community, state, and nationwide outcry that was nonetheless unheard by a government who opted to "suppress the violence" of its citizens with tear gas and clubs rather than concede to their demands. Filled with fascinating archival footage and stirring songs of the era by artists such as Bob Dylan and Jefferson Airplane, this documentary from directors Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown offers a galvanizing portrait of a time of true democratic crisis, when elected politicians and their citizens defied each other and chaos ensued.
Vietnam War |
- The period music used in the film includes classic songs by Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane, Phil Ochs, and Sgt. Barry Sadler.
- This film was sponsored in part by PBS of Wisconsin (The Wisconsin Educational Television Network).
- THE WAR AT HOME was nominated for the Oscar for Best Feature Length Documentary.