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Punishment Park (1971)

R
91 min | Drama, Thriller

"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types across the desert in a type of capture the flag game....See more"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types across the desert in a type of capture the flag game. The soldiers vow not to interfere with the rebels' progress and merely shepherd them along to their destination. At that point, having obtained their goal, they will be released. The film crew's coverage is meant to insure that the military's intentions are honorable. As the representatives of the 60's counter-culture get nearer to passing this arbitrary test, the soldiers become increasingly hostile, attempting to force the hippies out of their pacifist behavior. A lot of this film appears improvised and in several scenes real tempers seem to flare as some of the "acting" got overaggressive. This is a interesting exercise in situational ethics. The cinéma vérité style, hand-held camera, and ambiguous demands of the director - would the actors be able to maintain their roles given the hazing they were taking - pushed some to the brink. The cast's emotions are clearly on the surface. Unfortunately this film has gone completely underground and is next to impossible to find. It would offer a captivating document of the distrust that existed between soldiers willfully serving in the military and those persons who opposed the war peacefully. Written by Dick Rockwell See less
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Updated Jun 18, 1971

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Jun 20, 1971 (United States)

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Patrick Boland
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Kent Foreman
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Carmen Argenziano
Jay Kaufman, Tribunal Defendant Jay Kaufman, Tribunal Defendant   See fewer
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Luke Johnson
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Katherine Quittner
Nancy Smith Nancy Smith   See fewer
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Scott Turner
James Arthur Kohler, Tribunal Defendant James Arthur Kohler, Tribunal Defendant   See fewer
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Stan Armsted
Charles Robbins Charles Robbins   See fewer
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Mary Ellen Kleinhall
Allison Mitchner Allison Mitchner   See fewer
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Mark Keats
William C. Hoeger, Tribunal Chairman William C. Hoeger, Tribunal Chairman   See fewer
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Gladys Golden
Mary Jurgens, Tribunal Member Mary Jurgens, Tribunal Member   See fewer
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Sanford Golden
Sen. Harris Sen. Harris   See fewer
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George Gregory
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Norman Sinclair
Alfred J. Sully - Tribunal Member Alfred J. Sully - Tribunal Member   See fewer
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Sigmund Rich
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Paul Rosenstein
Paul Reynolds - Tribunal Member Paul Reynolds - Tribunal Member   See fewer
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Lee Marks
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Sandy Cox
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Fred Franklyn
James Daly, Defense Attorney (as Frederick Franklyn) James Daly, Defense Attorney (as Frederick Franklyn)   See fewer
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Ross Briegleb
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Joe Hudgins
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Radger Greene
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Tom Kemp
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Harry McKasson
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Harold Beaulieu
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Cynthia Jenkins
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Jack London
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Bob Lewine
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Rolando González
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Viola Gonzalez
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Jack Gozdick
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Brian Hart
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Linda Mandel
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Don Pino
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Jason Sunners
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Conchita Thornston
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Gary Johnson
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Michelle Johnson
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Ted Martin
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Don McDonald
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Harold Schneider
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Jim Bohan
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Van Daniels
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Harlan Green
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Kerry Cannon
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Bob Franklin
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Jim Churchill
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Danny Conlon
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Cliff Pinard
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Don Vann
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7.8 / 10 | 6,094 votes