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Sacco and Vanzetti
Filmmaker Peter Miller explores the crimes, trial, and execution of notorious 20th-century anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in a documentary that highlights just how this landmark case came to symbolize the injustice and intolerance experienced by immigrants longing to pursue their dreams in the land of the free. It was 1920 when Italian immigrant anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti were accused of murder in Massachusetts. Seven years later, when the jurors delivered their final verdict in a notoriously prejudiced trial, both men were condemned to death despite massive protests both… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Nicola Sacco, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, and the incredible firestorm of outrage generated by their criminal trials have been largely neglected in recent years, but Peter Miller's absolutely engrossing documentary Sacco and Vanzetti brings it all back."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Miller's film shows how quickly Americans facing perceived foreign threats are willing to ignore basic liberties. Sound familiar?"
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"A long-held cause celebre for leftists the world over, the story of immigrant activists Sacco & Vanzetti is told in Peter Miller's rote documentary as a reference point for the way immigrants are still mistreated in America."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A knee-jerk take that may touch many hearts but does not feed or satisfy the mind."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"An excellent, disturbing documentary."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"The meat-and-potatoes style of Sacco and Vanzetti seems less a failure of imagination than a means of putting in the foreground its intriguing subject matter."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"[Pic] does a superb job of condensing an overwhelming mass of documentation, archival imagery and artistic representation into a concise yet passionate history lesson whose relevance could not be timelier."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Surprisingly, this is the first nonfiction film to tackle the subject and Miller manages to find the parallels to contemporary times without being too pedantic or heavy-handed."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"With cases of such importance, it's always a good idea to be reminded every now and then as to how things can go wrong, and justice means that just because a person is guilty of SOMETHING, doesn't mean that it's okay for the State frame them for something"
‑ Eric Lurio, Entertainment Insiders
"An informative expose' for those na´ve enough not to know that the criminal justice system has always been stacked in favor of the rich, the white, and the well-connected."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"Miller, a New Yorker, uses archival footage, dramatized readings and talking heads, including Sacco's niece and a neighbor of Vanzetti's, to get his point across."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Only 81 minutes long, Sacco and Vanzetti is packed with information."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"But even those who might feel that the movie presents a one-sided view of the evidence would have to admit that the trial was a travesty."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Watching the film, it's hard not to feel a cold chill of recognition, particularly when Miller's interviewees discuss immigration, patriotism and war, and civil liberties versus homeland security in a time of national crisis."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The measured tone, though understatedly indignant regarding the miscarriage of justice, will likely draw viewers into the conversation."
‑ Kent Turner,
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