Punishment Park (1971)


Directed by: Peter Watkins

Stars: Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Carmen Argenziano

Language: English + Commentary (2nd track) | Subtitles: English (embed)

Country: Usa | Imdb Info | Ar: 4:3 | Brrip

Description:  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


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Extra Peter Watkin Introduction

350MB | 27:21mins | 640×464 | avi | English

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3 Responses to Punishment Park (1971)

  1. pigasus says:

    thanks for the intro

  2. Fingersmaster says:

    This movie is so good, it should have been on top of the page !
    Sadly amazing to see that it is still a valid subject almost 50 years later.
    Thanks for this.

  3. Phaota says:

    Commentary is with Dr. Joseph A. Gomez (author of the 1979 book “Peter Watkins”).

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