Spookily familiar times for the release of this potent doc on the 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. Back then, the US was reeling in the aftermath of an unpopular war and divided over the re-election of a hawkish President.
The Symbionese Liberation Army was a pompous domestic militia who preached violent government overthrow (""Death to the fascist insect that preys on the life of the people""). After the pointless murder of a college professor, they swiped Hearst and demanded a ransom from her famously rich dad. But then, Stockholm Syndrome set in and Hearst became complicit with her kidnappers. Or did she?
Director Robert Stone builds a captivating story with terrific access to ex-SLA members and thrilling archive footage. Shame he muffles the message by illustrating the SLA's rob-the-rich creed with clips from Robin Hood movies.
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