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

Matt Damon narrates this biographical portrait of leading American historian, teacher and dissident Howard Zinn. Using historical footage and contemporary interviews, the controversial author of 'A People's History of the United… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 23, 2004
DVD 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.

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.

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.

Flixster Audience Score: 83% 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