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Sacco and Vanzetti
A Film by Peter Miller

82 minutes, color, 2006



Sacco and Vanzetti brings to life the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial.

The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America. Millions of people around the world protested on their behalf, and now, 80 years later, their story continues to have great resonance, as civil liberties and the rights of immigrants are again under attack.

Powerful prison writings (given voice by John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub) and passionate interviews with Howard Zinn, Arlo Guthrie and Studs Terkel are interwoven with artwork, music, and film clips. Through the story of Sacco and Vanzetti, audiences will experience a universal - and very timely - tale of official injustice and human resilience.

What the Critics are Saying

"Absolutely engrossing! Masterfully revives the past." - Chicago Tribune

"Thoughtful and thought-provoking!" - Los Angeles Times

"Deeply affecting." - NY Sun

"A rabble-rousing tribute!" - New York Magazine

"Superb! A concise yet passionate history lesson whose relevance could not be timelier."
- Variety

"Grade: A! It’s cleansing to the see the facts laid out with intimacy and rigor."
- Entertainment Weekly

"Piercing!" - The New York Times

Recommended Reading

Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind by Bruce Watson

The Letters of Sacco and Vanzetti by Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti

The Sacco and Vanzetti Case: A Brief History with Documents by Michael M. Top


Visit the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society.

Read an article about the case from the March 1927 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.

See details about this film's theatrical run.

Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:
  • Interview with Director
  • Director Biography
  • Sacco and Vanzetti F.A.Q.
  • Archival Photo Gallery
  • Suggested Readings

Format: DVD
Release Year: 2006
Running Time: 82 minutes
Color: Color & b/w
Language: English

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