Redford’s Weather Underground Whitewash

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


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Redford’s The Conspirator centers on the real-life trial of one apparent plotter of the Lincoln assassination, Mary Surratt, accused of providing shooter John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices with a location to plan their conspiracy (her boardinghouse) and with other assistance. Mary, who “kept the nest that hatched the egg,” as Andrew Johnson put it, ended up being the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government.

 

But that movie is less about Mary Surratt’s guilt or innocence and more about putting George W. Bush on trial. Time’s Richard Corliss hit upon the comparison The Conspirator draws between the government’s actions immediately after the Lincoln shooting “and the Bush Administration’s actions in the months and years after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.”:

In this movie, [Secretary of War Edwin] Stanton is the stand-in for Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld; he proposes lurid theories of revolution and, when challenged, replies, “Who’s to say these things couldn’t happen?” In a direct parallel to the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq as a crowd-pleasing alternative to the fruitless search for Osama bin Laden, one Surratt sympathizer says that Stanton & Co. are trying Mary “because they can’t find John [her son, who temporarily escaped].”

Redford himself was cagey about discussing the parallel, but half-hinted, half-confessed that the movie “relates very much to the present, but it’s up to the audience to decide for themselves how.”

The Sundance founder’s previous directing effort was in 2007, the talky anti-war bore Lions for Lambs, starring Redford himself, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. Redford plays an activist professor who is appalled when two of his promising students decide to enlist and fight in Afghanistan instead of staying here to undermine the war effort by protesting on campus. When the two die alone on an Afghan plain, the message is that their patriotic choice was a waste and their lives could have been better spent at home (perhaps interning at Sundance or with Code Pink). Meryl Streep plays an openly left-leaning journalist who is cynical about American hubris, which is personified by Tom Cruise’s parody of a warmongering Republican senator. She weeps when she is driven past the headstones of a military cemetery.

Like Streep’s character, Hollywood mourns our troops but rarely acknowledges that war is sometimes necessary, that fighting for your country and your way of life is honorable, that evil exists and that this country is a force for good in the world. Instead, Hollywood more often undermines our war effort (including the war on terror), glorifies reprobates like Ché, and – as we can expect in Robert Redford’s upcoming movie – excuses the terrorists of the Weather Underground.

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  • OriginalK

    So when will "Destructive Generation" be made into a movie? Or a story about the Ukrainian famine? Or Stalin's Katyn massacre? The list is endless. We're in a period like that of the 30s through the 50s, where the endemic racism in this country was verboten to bring up in movies. Now it's communism.

    • Danilo

      There is very good movies Katyn directed by Anjey Vayda. This movie is available on Netflix

  • geez

    Robert who?

  • Kevin Stroup

    Robert Redford never met a totalitarian he didn't like. The man is seriously warped.

  • jacob

    Only in a damned fools country can somebody like BILL AYRES be free and
    teaching on top but we shouldn't feel bad,as ISRAEL, a country surrounded
    by mad dogs ready to drink their blood does even worst…

    We have a disgrace in these times known as PSEUDOINTELLECTUALS, of
    which HANOI JANE, ROBERT REDFORD, GEORGE CLOONEY and many
    more Hollywood so called "Celebrities" are fine examples….

    But if they expect my paying one red cent to watch the pictures they produce,
    they have another thing coming and I hope and pray many more follow my
    example

    • art

      Count me in…..

    • johnnywoods

      Count me in too.

  • StephenD

    I hope he invests millions in this and has a grand premier of the film with Ayers and Dorn and Obama and Soros in attendance…and the film bombs. Wouldn't you love to be there with the premier audience coming away saying they hated the movie, especially the main character?
    THAT would be poetic justice.

    • theleastthreat

      From the big screen to DVD in about 4 nanoseconds is my guess.

      • sedoanman

        There is already a DVD out, but it is not a movie. It a documentary that tells how these WU people are sick fantasy ideologists.
        http://www.amazon.com/Weather-Underground-n/dp/B0

      • Indioviejo

        It will be shown in the Sunance Channel on cable ad nauseum. He will get his money back from the useful idiots.

    • sedoanman

      I used to work in a movie theatre and learned a little about the business. Each ticket sold is a vote. If you buy a ticket to a movie and come out hating it, you have still voted for more of the same, not only from the same people, but others as well. Best to find out what a movie is about before voting for it.

  • theleastthreat

    I think Spike Lee is more mainstream than RR.

  • tagalog

    With a little electoral luck, perhaps the next President, our chief law-enforcement officer, can kick off the prosecution of the surviving members of the Weather Underground coincidentally with the release of this new movie.

    Having lived through the time of the Weather People in my early 20s, and having been on the outer fringes of the Weather-PL split, I personally have absolutely no wish to watch a movie about it. First of all, the movie will be mostly lies; second, it was a very dreary, nasty, and upleasant time, and anyone who wants to see a movie in order to remind himself about it, or any neo-hip person who wants to see a movie in the hope of understanding what that time was really like, is deeply misguided and the movie will delude him or her even further.

    Only a wealthy, bourgeois, pseudo-bohemian dilettante like Robert Redford would find making a movie about the Weather People a worthy endeavor in these times.

    • Phantom II

      Starting with Obama. What kind of a country permits people who are actively and intentionally destroying our way of life to roam free? If it is legal, the laws must be changed. What have we become when our laws don't prevent our own destruction, no matter the form? Why isn't Soros and all his 'workers' including Redford, in Guantanamo Bay. The Unions, the college professors, the judges, the state department, the commerce department, CIA, FBI, etc. should also be rounded up and put on trial by we, the Americans. We swore to protect the country from our enemies, be they outside our borders or within. How can we tolerate the 'new' police force that enforce laws that our constitution does not permit?

      • tagalog

        This movie will give expression to the opinion of George Orwell that some people find some truths so disturbing that they have great difficulty accommodating themselves to them and therefore yield to the temptation to lie about them.

        Robert Redford making this film reminds me of the essay "Inside The Whale," where Orwell commented on another artist, the poet W.H. Auden, and his poem "Spain." When Auden included in the poem ‘Spain’ the phrase “the necessary murder,” George Orwell declared that “Mr. Auden’s brand of amoralism is possible only if you are the kind of person who is always somewhere else when the trigger is pulled”.

      • johnnywoods

        Soros should be hanged with a sign tied around his neck saying,"Nazi Bastard".While we are at it Ayers and Dorn should be hanged with him.

      • scum

        Yea, let's kill them all. YOu're hillarious.

  • http://www.blackbootjack.blogspot.com BlackbootJack

    This is what happens when you have progressive. liberal, socialists in power or in leadership positions and extremely wealthy. They can publicize and create features which brainwash our youth. Redford, Oliver Stone, are two of the biggest.
    Where are the movies of real American heroes?

    • johnnywoods

      Hollywood does not know what a real American hero is.

  • Jack

    Redford is the quintessential Hollywood A-hole. Enuff said.

  • mrbean

    Bill Ayers and the clandestine Marxist Muslim Obama sat together for several years on the board of the Woods Fund, a left-wing Chicago charitable organization. There, they doled out tens of thousands of dollars to such beneficiaries as the Trinity Church (where Obama was a longtime member and where another Obama mentor, Jeremiah Wright, preached a radical, anti-American brand of Black Liberation Theology) and the Arab American Action network (co-founded by Rashid Khalidi, a Yasser Arafat apologist who has supported attacks against Israel and now directs Columbia University's notorious Middle East Institute, founded by Edward Said).

  • http://www.blackbootjack.blogspot.com BlackbootJack

    This is what happens when you have progressive. liberal, socialists in power or in leadership positions and extremely wealthy. They can publicize and create features which brainwash our youth. Redford, Oliver Stone, are two of the biggest.

  • Misfit

    I think RR still is trying to re-write the script for the original movie of the "The way we were" into "The way were not" Robert Redford is a looser, he is well below "Ordinary people"

  • tagalog

    More Orwellian insight on Robert Redford, from "Inside the Whale:"

    "So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot."

    • Old Timer

      I'd say most of 'em, Redford included, and likely all of 'em, know full well the fire is hot.

      • tagalog

        Maybe, but you can bet they don't think it's them who's gonna get burned.

    • trickyblain

      I've never understood why many folks on the right like to quote the uber-socialistic Orwell.
      "For some years past I have managed to make the capitalist class pay me several pounds a week for writing books against capitalism. But I do not delude myself that this state of affairs is going to last forever … the only régime which, in the long run, will dare to permit freedom of speech is a Socialist régime. If Fascism triumphs I am finished as a writer – that is to say, finished in my only effective capacity. That of itself would be a sufficient reason for joining a Socialist party."

  • tanstaafl

    In the sixties, many of us "peace and love" types thought that the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) were "not cool", the Weathermen were worse and the Weather Underground were killers.

    Unfortunately, we all moved to communes to grow organic marijuana. Let's face it, we were young and easily duped. Age does give one perspective and to the college students of today – listen to Pete Townsend's "Won't Get Fooled Again". We were fooled, but there is no reason you should be.

    • tagalog

      Then there were those of us who chose to follow the Progressive Labor faction and go out into the working world. We quickly found out what values were important to the working class, and grew up. Weather discovered what values were important to the college graduates, soon to embark on the Long March through the institutions.

      BTW, I never lived on a commune. And "true revolutionaries shun drugs."

      The way to keep from getting fooled is to get a job. And support yourself. And live among the working people. At least before going to grad school. It would also be a plus to spend a hitch in the armed forces. If you're gonna be a revolutionary, it's a good idea to know small unit tactics, marksmanship, and the nuts and bolts of firearms use.

  • Jim

    Bob had a bit of a mental break down as a youth in Paris.

    So "Still crazy after all these years"

    • mlcblog

      This would be funny and nice and light if he didn't mean so much harm. Hard to believe that handsome Bob, the ladies man, is so evil. Judge by the company he keeps!

  • William_Z

    To white wash the WU one must white wash Bill Ayers, and cover up the fact that he approved of Sirhan Sirhan assassination of RFK. Any review this of propaganda film must included this fact in the first paragraph.

  • cjlaw99

    Robert Redford from a rather humble start has been rewarded for his efforts with all the best the USA has to offer. Like to see him and his bothers and sisters of the same ilk rise to the same heights under the leftist systems they find so dear.

    • Old Timer

      He'd rise alright, to his knees with knee pads, taking it in front and back.

    • tagalog

      Humble start? Robert Redford, son of an accountant, born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, frat boy at the University of Colorado? That Robert Redford? Well, maybe I shouldn't be so cynical; maybe he didn't get to own his personal surfboard and had to wear chinos instead of jeans (or vice-versa) with his Topsiders.

    • johnnywoods

      If Redford and Co. had lived in Cuba under the reign of terror brought on by their beloved Che they probably would not have seen the "romance" in the "Motorcycle Diaries" poppycock.

  • Moshe Pupick

    Th., 08/04/11 common era

    Redford is simply another useful idiot in the Obama Nation's march toward an imagined socialist workers' paradise. Betcha that Redford funds "gun control" groups, too.

  • Indioviejo

    Hollywood movies give their version of American history and culture to our people and to the world. The message stays in the subconscious When people naively ask about why do they hate us, they should look at all the negativity coming out of Hollywood. They present and they represent the worst in our culture.

    • Fred Dawes

      And the fun thing is most of the people in hollywood who make the movies are not Americans.

  • Zam

    Hollywood is much like Islam in that it is a political movement first and foremost. Plus, a whole lot of the movies that come out of Hollywood these days are very violent–just as Islam is all about violence. On top of that, just as White America is the number one target for Islam, white people are the center of focus for a whole lot of Hollywood movies, too. The only thing is the white people in question in these movies are always crazed murdering redneck types. For instance, think of all the "Friday the 13th" type movies and "Halloween" type movies that have come out of Hollwood.

  • Zam

    In all the hundreds and hundreds of movies that have been made that were centered on crazy white people, Hollywood thought of all type of violence to glamorize. For instance, Hollwood had crazy white people with machetes hiding under stairs, crazy white people with saws and swords hiding in deserts, crazy white people with sledge hammers and sulfuric acid hiding in basements, crazy white people with blow torches and bombs hiding in closets, and on and on and on it has been. And these kinds of movies continue to come out by the hundreds each and every year. I wonder if white people are the only ones that watch them, too.

    • Fred Dawes

      You mean crazy black people most hollywood movies are black/brown/yellow murder the white boy movies. it is the Red way.

    • johnnywoods

      Very good point Zam.

  • tagalog

    Just remember: you can say what you want about the Weather Underground and its alleged idealism and alleged courage, but as Mark Rudd approaches retirement and his Social Security years, he does so with several decades of work as a real estate broker behind him. Had Jerry Rubin lived to this day, his Social Security would be based on his income as, OF ALL THINGS, a salesman. Talk about living in the belly of the beast…

  • Fred Dawes

    Look guys hollywood or monkeywood has always been Red in fact in the 1930's it whitewash the murder of millions of people in the USSR And made friends with hitler before it attacked the USSR, It has always hated Americans and the ideals of freedom but the monkeys in hollywood know one thing and that is money is made with a good movie.

  • Ace

    Old Wrinkles Wredferd hasn't made a movie worth seeing since Jeremiah Johnson. That and Downhill Racer then forget him.

    • jemc50

      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was pretty good, too.

      • Ace

        I liked it back in '69 when I was a lib; Now… not so much!
        2 lefties at play!

  • Ann

    He looks kinda funny, like maybe he has taken to many drugs or something—and why would he need money from Soros ! He looks all worn out and maybe mental!!!

  • aprilnovember

    Has been. It will flop.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Fortunately directors are free to make movies on the subject matter of their choosing and these can be freely shown and seen despite the MPAA cartel’s restrictions and the demands of Abe Foxman to steal final cut. Fortunately people like Mel Gibson and Robert Redford have used their skills and money to circumvent censorship and make movies even when self appointed cultural ministers and the ADL try to limit our choices.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Leftist houseboy………….that's all folks, nothing there……………………William

  • Brujo Blanco

    Now will see more closet commies come out of the closet. Consider he hero of the old and new commies Ernesto “Che Guevara.”. This puke was Cuba’s lord high executioner. He was a serial killer of men, women, and children. He tried to start a communist revolution in Bolivia. Red Emma was a commie that literally murdered her opposition. A group of pinkos in Baltimore opened a politically correct eatery and named it after her. In my generation the Weather Underground were real terrorists and they killed. Our country can be destroyed from the inside.

  • jasonz

    i say let him make his movie. then at premeir bombard him and the rest with straight hard questions about the truth that the WU are true scum…ask him about it…keep asking do not let up..have a haf dozen or more reporters there on our side with different logos asking him and following…do not be polite, do not be civil..and burn him in public..we need to be rude and hard on these people and make them afraid to leave for fear a REAL reporter with REAL values is there waiting to expose these peices of sss for what they are.

    • johnnywoods

      I prefer a little W.U. action such as bombing them with a real bomb.We could get the recipe from Ayers and Dorn`s "cookbook".

  • flyingtiger

    Mary Serrett was guilty as charged. I am still convinced that Bill Ayers worked for the government or at least ratted on evrybody he knew.

    • mlcblog

      Worked for the govt? what are you talking about?

      I had to google Mary Suratt.. Yup! we are about to see some revisionist history being presented.

  • mlcblog

    I so hope it bombs, as do many of these type of films.

  • http://jewishdefense.org AJ Weberman

    Vietnam would be capitalist now if the war there didn't put the Stalinist elements in power.

  • TonyRome

    When are the folks are Frontpage going to expose the big cheeze terrorist in the White House. This Obama guy may still really be Barry Soetoro for crying out loud. He celebrating a birthday and we only have a FORGED Birth Certificate as proof of that birth day. Numerous highly qualified scanner and microsoft software experts have put their reputations and careers on the line by examining the April 27th Birth Record Obama threw in our face and determined it is indeed a FORGERY. Doug Vogt (PhD) an international expert on scanners and document-imaging software went so far as to file a 22 page CRIMINAL COMPLAINT with the FBI giving irrefutable proof that the document is a FORGERY. Do you guys give a crap? Major General Paul Vallely, a Fox News contributer and highly respected man with reputation had his ex-CIA friends and their analytical associates look at the April 27th document and 10 out of 10 declared the document a FORGERY. Do you guys give a crap?

    Susan Daniels, a state licensed private investigator and others who refuse to state their names for fear of their lives have discovered that this President has been using a FRAUDULENT SS#.

    • johnnywoods

      Tony, all I know is that somewhere in Kenya a village is missing it`s idiot.

  • TexExpatriate

    Redford will lose a bundle on this movie. That's probably the best repayment he can get for being so stupid as to be a Marxist-Leninist. Speaking of Marx and Lenin, if Redford were alive back in those days, or during the Stalin years, he would have been told what movies to make (if he made any) and would have been jailed and executed if he didn't follow the script, or sent to the mines to grub for Soviet gold.

    As an aside, I remember when I matriculated at Indiana University the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) were trying to organize. Maybe twenty or thirty kids became members. Not long after that, perhaps six months later, the organizer for the I.U. SDS was exposed as an FBI spy. Ah, the good old days.

  • steven l

    Hollywood sense of intense guilt (extreme and fast wealth) is repaid by supporting the other extreme: the left and far left. Easily made easily given away.

  • jemc50

    Weather Underground…..by any other name…..Domestic Terrorists. And, nothing will change that in my mind since I can still remember the 60's.

  • frank

    USEFUL IDIOT. Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Hanoi Jane, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, and on and on and on. These self loathing morons should just buy one way tickets to their favorite countries. All I can say is "good riddance".

  • scum

    Sort of like the FPM whitewashing of the 'Breivik Affair? You people are hilarious. LOL

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  • beatrice grace

    Upon the release of the Motorcycle Diaries film the nurse of Che was poisoned by an accomplice to the murder of Sharon Tate. The Real Daughter was assaulted by this person also, and poisoned and extreme abuse proceeded towards the real daughter and the nurse of Che, the one referred to when Jon Lee Anderson writes cursely, "Che owned his f-k with the nurse". Mr. Robert Redford is literally responsible for not protecting the people who needed to be protected and honored as family in the United States of America. The nurse and real daughter were not contacted to be protected and the World War II Army Nurse Operating room nurse was murdered brutally though tortured slowly while Mr. Robert Redford feels his slight "discomfort" in what he calls a "hornet's nest" while the World War II operating nurse was tortured with poison, groin bruised, robbed of her cats her donkeys, her house her land and her dignity along with the real daughter right here in the United States of America. Assasin teams were sent to the home of the nurse as soon as the release of the film and the daughter was stalked by the car that is known as the Jenner 04 double-homicide murder scene car. Mr. Redford has taught the greatest ignorance of all time, where a film is used to destroy loyal ministers of the United States and Argentina and Cuba. Redford states, "we had to….show it to the family…to get approval…" His ignorance toward the reality of the work of Che has caused the torture and murder of the nurse and the almost to death assault of the real daughter and robbery and hardship that continues and Redford (robert) collects money on the film. A mythical character created by Redford is so appalling in the vivid truth of the loss of life that he has snuffed out through ignorance. The real daughter was shot at over the last weekend, and Mr. Redford has still continued to collect money and shed his ignorance all over the world. The nurse and daughter waited their whole life to be safe enough in the United States of America to reunite with the people they love in Cuba and Redford decided to invent a mythical character to kill the nurse instead. Dreams of my lifetime destroyed overnight and continual hardship because of your mythical character need, Mr. Robert Redford.

  • Pat

    This is fabulous. What a great service these people do when they expose themselves in this way. Watching this movie bomb will be an absolute joy.

  • tagalog

    One film that nibbled around the subject of what happened to bank-robbing, cop-killing, armored car-hijacking, innocent bystander-shooting radicals was the first of the Die Hard movies, which had a robber villain (Alan Rickman) with high-level motivations who started out as one of those Stalin-emulating revolutionary bank robbers.

    Other movies that glamorize the thuggery of the hard Left of that time are A Small Circle of Friends and Between the Lines.