Punishment Park

Director Peter Watkins
Genre Drama
Runtime 88 minutes
Supplier Project X Distribution
Release Date In theatres on January 8, 2010
DVD/Blu-ray available on January 8, 2010


1970. The war in Vietnam is escalating. There is massive public protest in the United States and elsewhere. President Nixon declares a state of national emergency and the federal authorities are given the power to detain persons judged to be "a risk to internal security."

In a desert zone in southwest California, a civilian tribunal passes sentence on groups of dissidents and gives them the option of participating in law enforcement training exercises in the Bear Mountain National Punishment Park. In an atmosphere of aggression and intimidation and in soaring temperatures, the prisoners have to fight for their lives as they are hunted down by the forces of law and order.

"Punishment Park is one of the most incendiary documents of radicalism ever made." (Toronto EYE Weekly)

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Cast & Credits

First Tribunal Defendant Patrick Boland
Defendant in the tribunal Kent Foreman

Press & Articles

“'Punishment Park' Review: ****” - Slant Magazine

“'Punishment Park' Review” - Time Out London

“'Punishment Park' Review” - The Rumpus

“'Punishment Park' Review” - Filmcritic

“The Man Tortures the Hippies in Punishment Park” - The Village Voice

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