American Anarchist Poster

Release Date: March 24th, 2017

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
In 1970, 19-year-old William Powell published "Anarchist Cookbook" - a manifesto and bomb-making manual that sold more than 2 million copies. The film explores the book as an inspiration for decades of violent, anti-government attacks and provides Powell with the opportunity to explore his book's troubling legacy.

Cast: William Powell

Director: Charlie Siskel

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Patna Pictures, Gravitas Ventures

Distributors: Gravitas Ventures

Keywords: Sacrifice, 2010s, 1970s, Intense, Fascinating, Brooding, Underdog, Office, Car

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Although it occasionally feels as if the thoughtful Powell (who unexpectedly died last summer) is being forced into a repentant corner, the film remains a penetrating case study in taking ownership of one’s actions. show more

  • A study in denial, American Anarchist may be illuminating for being unilluminating. show more

  • American Anarchist presents us with a young man who believed he was living in the apocalypse, and whose book has gone on to have an apocalyptic effect on society. show more

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