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Patty Hearst ( Patty ) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, Frances Fisher, Jodi Long
  • Directors: Paul Schrader
  • Writers: Alvin Moscow, Nicholas Kazan, Patricia Hearst
  • Producers: James D. Brubaker, Linda Reisman, Marvin Worth, Michael Rosenblatt
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G8O084
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,092 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), French ( Mono ), German ( Mono ), Italian ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: The true story of a rich girl who was abducted by American revolutionaries in the 1970's. Her time spent with her captors made her question herself and her way of life and she joined forces with the cause that her abductors were fighting for. This created a US scandal and Patty Hearst has become a pop culture fixture. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Patty Hearst ( Patty )

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hollywood Hack on 20 Mar 2009
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Director Paul Shrader and Natasha Richardson should have been shoe-ins to win on Academy Award night with her hard-hitting performance as Patty Hearst, kidnapped and brainwashed into performing a series of bank robberies. The absurdity of the state's case against Patty is shown when a District Attorney questions her at the trial as to whether she ever remembered to send her parents a birthday card after her kidnapping. See my US page also for a full review. Natasha will be missed, passing away at a ripe age when an Oscar-winning part just might have come her way.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 21 Nov 2005
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Paul Schrader's 1988 biopic seems somewhat overlooked, coming from the period of his career when he was at his most invisible following the box-office failures of 'Mishima' & 'Light of Day.' The demons detailed in Peter Biskind's 'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls' were getting the better of him - he wouldn't make another film until 1991's 'The Comfort of Strangers' (though a version of the screenplay he wrote for Scorsese's 1983-project 'The Last Temptation of Christ' made it to the screen in 1988).
Perhaps the disappointment is found in the fact that the screenplay isn't written by Schrader - who had previously been involved with two great biopics 'Mishima' & 'Raging Bull.' The fact that it depends on Patricia Hearst's autobiography 'Every Little Thing' is irritating also - surely after the Mishima-biopic you'd think Schrader wouldn't have bought into the official account of things! Watched alongside the recent documentary 'Guerrilla:The Taking of Patty Hearst' this film makes more sense - though the ultimate take on the Patty Hearst life is probably found in Christopher Sorrentino's fictional interpretation 'Trance' (2005)
Perhaps it was the fact that this film was low-budget, while the cinematography is pretty wonderful considered (crying out for someone like Storaro!), the cast is lacking - the only actors who are that great here are Richardson in the title role and Ving Rhames ('Casualties of War','Homicide','Pulp Fiction') as Cinque.
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natasha richardson gives a brilliant performance as kidnap victim patty hearst that starts off right with her abduction (about five minutes into the movie) and all through her ordeal from taking part in a SLA robbery (whether she was genuinely brainwashed or not is left up to the viewer to decide) to fighting to clear her name as a bitter convict.
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Good performances, although the script occasionally lets them down.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Patchily brilliant 24 July 2000
By "lexo-2" - Published on Amazon.com
"Patty Hearst"'s title is about as self-explanatory as they come. Natasha Richardson (Vanessa Redgrave's elder daughter) plays the eponymous, uhhh, heroine, kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (don't even ask...) and eventually brought round to the point of joining them on a bank robbery.
The second half of the film, in which Patty and the gang are on the run from the cops, is exciting enough in its way. Schrader's trademark willingness to explore what many people would regard as total amorality enables him to make us care for this raggle-taggle bunch of outlaws, as one after another they're arrested, gunned down or burned. Richardson herself is very good as Patty, having to run the gamut from spoiled heiress via terrified captive to bitterly experienced convict.
It's the first half, though, that makes the second half work. Patty's captivity is rendered in a dark, surreal, almost theatrical way; we are locked in a room with her for much of the first half an hour, experiencing her captors only as black silhouettes against white light. The stylisation that worked so well on Schrader's "Mishima" is here employed to other ends, and suprisingly successfully. If the earlier portions of "Patty Hearst" weren't so good, the later part wouldn't carry the charge that it has; Patty's wish to join the SLA only makes sense in terms of the extreme experience she's been through.
The real Patty Hearst went on to act in a John Waters movie, which must make Schrader wince whenever he thinks of it. This is, by virtue of the subject matter, somewhere between drama-documentary, art film and chase flick, and some of the genre trappings hold it back a bit, but few directors would have this kind of understanding of where he wanted an audience to go. 3 stars if only because this is one of the less distinguished films in an illustrious career. But 3 stars for Schrader are worth five for the vast majority of directors. (Note to Amazon: need more stars!)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Please give us a Region 1 DVD 19 Mar 2009
By Mister Mayhem - Published on Amazon.com
This is the film that made me a fan of both Natasha Richardson, and Paul Schrader. I love the Storys progression, and how the views of Patty's kidnappers change from frighting creatures to just ordinary people - wishing they could be extraordinary and change the world - and in this case go about it in a most outlandish way.

It is not only taking part in viewing Patty's transformation while in captivity, but viewing the mores of this subculture/cult, and day to day living is fascinating.

Now that Ms. Richardson has just died at such a young age, it saddens me that the majority of Americans will never get to see this amazing performance because someone with the rights somewhere doesn't want to release it for us on DVD. Some online movie rental services allow you to watch the film streamed to your computer, but it is the pan and scan "video" version we get to see, not the quality we are used to viewing today. But it is worth adding to you movie collection even if it is just the VHS copy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Paul Schrader's best film 6 April 2005
By Tommie T - Published on Amazon.com
This movie is hard to take at times. The first part of the movie puts you right inside Patty's head which isn't a nice place to be. The movie asks some really hard qestions like what would I have done if I was Patty? How far is to far to take your beliefs?

Over all the movie is a good one. But if you are looking for some cheap made for TV movie of the week skip this one. If you are looking for a thought provoking, well acted movie this is the one for you.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must see for anyone 7 Nov 2007
By Hollywood Hack - Published on Amazon.com
Paul Schrader's superb direction and Natasha Richardson's hard hitting performance as Patty should have been a shoe-in to win on Oscar night. Film captures in great detail the terror felt by Hearst, tortured by kidnappers and forced to participate in bank robberies. Ending also is effective in the way it redicules the state's case at her trial (ex. The DA asks if she ever sent her parents any birthday cards) but I won't give the rest away. Like most movies, the lack of backing from a major studio probably reduced critic's reviews by a few stars. Natasha will be missed, passing away at a ripe age when an Oscar-winning part might have come her way.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Good Film 2 May 2005
By Ronny Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
This film shows the story from the side of the only person that can tell the story, Patty Hearst.

I was on set of this film to be an extra (the bank robbery) but didn't make the cut.

The film is very acturate in facts and the performances are great. Ms. Richardson gives a great performance as Patty and from what I recall from the filming, a nice woman and beautiful.

What I love about this film is that at the Cannes Film Festable, Patty Hearst herself met John Waters and became friends. Since then she now has had rolls in all of his films. Good for Patty. The SLA may have taken years of her life, but in the end Patty has the last laugh. Go on Patty!
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