The Murder of Fred Hampton

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The Murder of Fred Hampton
DVD cover of the movie The Murder of Fred Hampton.jpg
Directed by Howard Alk
Produced by Mike Gray
Starring Fred Hampton
Rennie Davis
Edward Hanrahan
Bobby Rush
Cinematography Howard Alk
Mike Gray
Edited by Howard Alk
John Mason
Distributed by Facets Multi-Media
Chicago Film Group, MGA Inc
Release dates
  • May 1971 (1971-05)[1]
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Murder of Fred Hampton is a 1971 documentary film which began with the intention of portraying Fred Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party. During the film's production, Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department.[2]

Plot[edit]

The documentary is split into two parts: a portrait of Fred Hampton and an investigative report in his death. Through re-enactments, evidence from the scene, and interviews, the documentary alleges that Hampton's death was murder by the Chicago police.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film was released in Chicago, Illinois in May 1971, but it failed to attract much attention. However, it had a successful festival run in Europe and opened in New York in October 1971.[1]

Reception[edit]

In a retrospective, Roger Ebert called it "less compelling as investigative journalism than as an archive of political vernacular."[3] A. H. Weiler of The New York Times called it "a disturbingly somber illustration of some of the ills that beset us and our social system."[4] Spencer Parsons of the Austin Chronicle wrote that the film's coverage of Hampton is riveting and does not shy away from controversy.[5] Noel Murray of The A.V. Club rated it B+ and called it an immersive experience and "more satisfying portrait of activism" than American Revolution 2 (1969).[6] David Walker of DVD Talk rated it 4.5/5 stars and wrote, "As a documentary, The Murder of Fred Hampton serves as a lasting memorial to Hampton's great legacy and tragic killing. Equally important, the film is an example of the power of independent media in providing the truth, when much of the mainstream media simply chooses to recycle the information they are given without digging beneath the surface."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (1971-10-11). "Interview with Mike Gray". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  2. ^ Gray, Mike. "Mike Gray - The Murder of Fred Hampton". Mike-Gray.org. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger (2008-08-21). "Looking back at 1968, through a lens". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  4. ^ Weiler, A. H. (1971-10-05). "The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  5. ^ Parsons, Spencer (2007-06-08). "The Murder of Fred Hampton". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  6. ^ Murray, Noel (2007-06-06). "American Revolution 2 / The Murder of Fred Hampton". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  7. ^ Walker, David (2007-05-29). "The Murder of Fred Hampton". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 

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