Punishment Park
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With the war in Vietnam is escalating, there is massive public protest in the United States and elsewhere. President Nixon declares a state of national emergency and the Federal authorities are given the power to detain persons judged to be a risk to internal security. In a desert zone in southwest California, a civilian tribunal passes sentence on groups of dissidents and gives them the option of participating in law enforcement training exercises in the Bear Mountain National Punishment Park. In an atmosphere of aggression and intimidation and in soaring temperatures, the prisoners have to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shot during the post-Kent State "law and order" election of 1970, Punishment Park can seem so outrageous as to verge on camp, but few other movies capture so painfully the rhetoric and desperation of the times."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"a troubling document from a time when the country seemed about to tip into chaos"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Watkins' convincing cinema-verite style contradicts what we know is an historical untruth"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"an extraordinary film - provocative, incendiary and deeply depressing. Go out of your way to see it and spread the word, while you still can without being arrested."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Punishment Park is told in the pseudo-documentary style that defines most of the obscure body of work by British filmmaker Peter Watkins."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"It is a polemic exercise between the Left and the Right, with no room for the middle point of view."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A wooly curio."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"The film is as widely applicable to our own factious state of the union as it was to that of America in the 1970s."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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