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      William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

      2009 1h 25m Documentary List
      79% Tomatometer 28 Reviews 78% Audience Score 250+ Ratings The daughters of the late civil-rights lawyer and activist recall his controversial career. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      It doesn't even feign impartiality, but this family-made documentary about the famously rabble-rousing attorney shines a light on the life and times of a divisive public figure.

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      Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch Like the recent animated documentary Chicago Ten, this is a timely reminder of a era when "change" was more than just a campaign slogan. But it's also a personal portrait, with shadings. Rated: 3/4 Jan 20, 2010 Full Review Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe offers a deeply personal view of a larger-than-life figure. It's a view filtered through a prism of memory and emotion, but one well worth investigating. Rated: 3/4 Dec 10, 2009 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Leading the defense in the 1969-70 trial of the Chicago Seven, William Kunstler became a radical and a celebrity, and this vivid documentary captures how those two facets of his life worked together in morally urgent and contradictory ways. Rated: B+ Dec 2, 2009 Full Review Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope A testament, at least in part, to Kunstler's long and controversial career as a lawyer-activist, defending members of minorities and unpopular causes, and changing the law and the country in the process. Rated: B Dec 31, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Tries to examine and then reconcile Kunstler's legacy as a fighter for causes with his choosing to defend mobsters, terrorists, rapists and drug dealers. Rated: B Dec 24, 2010 Full Review Louis Proyect rec.arts.movies.reviews Still worth seeing despite the co-directors' inability to understand that a great lawyer will go out of his or her way to defend people being tried and convicted in places like the NY Post. Dec 6, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      walter m Normally, I hesitate whenever there is a documentary about a notable figure by family members, due to their general lack of perspective on the subject.(I'm thinking especially about a disappointing documentary about cinematographer Haskell Wexler.) In the case of "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe," Kunstler's daughters by his second marriage, Emily and Sarah, actually manage to add perspective to the life of this (in)famous lawyer who was especially interested in seeing that everybody in the court system received representation, no matter what they were accused of. With the assistance of revealing material including home movies and personal reminisces that recall his life from civil rights lawyer to radicalization and beyond, Sarah and Emily Kunstler provide new insights on such already familiar territory like Chicago 8, Attica and the siege at Wounded Knee. For example they talk to one of the jurors on the Chicago 8 trial jury who was also radicalized by the experience. Along with some interviews with notables, this altogether reveals a complex portrait of a complicated man. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Fascinating doc about a fascinating man. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Highly recommended though I don't necessarily support all his clients. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Get to know your Dad on your own time and *then* explain who he was. Given Kuntsler's career, this could've been a tour-de-force of 20th century civil rights, but instead is akin to being shown a family photo album and having them flick past all the interesting pics. Well worth watching if you have no idea who he is, though! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Very very interesting. It starts a bit slow, or for me it did because I knew a lot about the Chicago trial, but the later issues are very thought provoking. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting film this. I have never heard of WK but his story is certainly an interesting one and one that draws parallels with Lord Longford and the film Longford which focuses on his working for Myra Hindley the moors murderer. A lawyer who believed everyone should have the right to representation. He was a bit of a douchebag with some of the scumbags he represented though. Liked the film but sadly I can't remember much from only a couple of nights ago. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis The daughters of the late civil-rights lawyer and activist recall his controversial career.
      Director
      Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler
      Producer
      Jesse Moss, Susan Korda, Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler
      Screenwriter
      Sarah Kunstler
      Production Co
      Off Center Media
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 22, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $57.8K
      Runtime
      1h 25m
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