Howard Zinn - You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
Howard Zinn - You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004)

Directed by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller, Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train offers a retrospective on the life and times of Howard Zinn. Activist, best-selling author, and historian, Zinn is considered the catalyst for… More

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Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Marta Barber
Miami Herald

A provocative documentary on a life that could easily be described as a moving train.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

Loaded with fantastic old footage and photographs of the Vietnam War, of the American civil rights movement and of Zinn's own family.

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Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

a spare but dazzling portrait of a unique man and soulful progressive

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Finally, a documentary about one of America's most important academics.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A thinker and an educator, Zinn has led a life of commitment and compassion, and the film offers a loving tribute.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A flattering but soft documentary about Howard Zinn.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Leads us on a journey through some of the major historical events of the 20th century, revealing Zinn to be far more than simply an activist version of Zelig.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

His simple message -- that history is not made by the few but by the struggles of the many -- isn't out of line with typical Marxist teachings, but Zinn has always found a way to make it fresh.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

'Compassion' is a word the man himself uses a lot, and it's what makes the film so invigorating. Ending the movie with eloquent words about how to live a hopeful life, he is 82 and he continues to fight for what he believes in.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" is an inspiring documentary about the respected historian, activist… More
Anthony Valletta
A great introduction to Howard Zinn and his teachings. Kudos to Matt Damon for taking part in this and kudos to anyone else who uses this as a stepping stone… More