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Punishment Park


Carmen Argenziano, Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Luke Johnson View All


Peter Watkins (Screenplay), Peter Watkins (Director) View All

Release: May 9th, 1971
Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes
In this fictional documentary, U.S. prisons are at capacity, and President Nixon declares a state of emergency. All new prisoners, most of whom are connected to the antiwar movement, are now given the choice of jail time or spending three days in Punishment Park, where they will be hunted for sport by federal authorities. The prisoners invariably choose the latter option, but learn that, between the desert heat and the brutal police officers...
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I loved the documentary style of film making, especially as much of the story is told through the eyes of a British film making team, who are filming the events that we see in the film.