|The Weather Underground|
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|Directed by||Sam Green, Bill Siegel|
|Starring|| Bill Ayers |
Kathleen Neal Cleaver
The Weather Underground is a 2002 documentary film based on the rise and fall of the American radical organization Weather Underground.
Using much archive footage from the time as well as interviews with the Weathermen each at their current state, the film constructs a linear narrative of the organization and serves as a cautionary tale for current volatile times.
The Weather Underground has an approval rating of 91% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 58 reviews, and an average rating of 7.79/10. The website's critical consensus states, "Fascinating documentary about the militant Weathermen".Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 77 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The film, directed by Sam Green and Bill Siegel, won the audience choice award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and went on to be nominated for an Academy Award in 2004.
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