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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Movie: Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst

Posted on Thu, Mar 17, 2005 at 4:00 AM

****1/2
Our Rating: 4.50

In Guerrilla (titled Neverland when it played the 2004 Florida Film Festival), director Robert Stone takes a sober and keen-eyed look back at a time when the ragtag but surprisingly sophisticated Symbionese Liberation Army held newspaper heiress Patty Hearst – not to mention the media and much of America's law enforcement agencies – hostage for over a year. Newsreel footage taken at the time is interspersed with contemporary interviews with Russ Little and Mike Bortin, two marginal players in the SLA's roster of self-styled revolutionaries. Older viewers open to perverse pleasure will practically root for the SLA as they attempt their Robin Hood heroics, which are doomed to end in violence on the streets of Los Angeles; younger audiences, meanwhile, will receive the kind of modern-history lesson that's never taught in school.

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