Film ‘1971’ Depicts Improbable Break-In at FBI Office By ‘Eight Ordinary Citizens’


The film “1971,” which documents a group’s break-in of an FBI office in a Philadelphia suburb on March 8, 1971, has received both critical and audience praise at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

They stole every document to expose the FBI, under the autocratic leadership of J. Edgar Hoover, for widespread surveillance of the American people.

At the first screening of the festival on April 19, the thunderous ovations for the eight subjects of the film were extraordinary,” wrote Dade Hayes, contributor for Forbes. “I have covered — and done PR for — almost every edition of the festival and I can’t remember many scenes quite like it.”

The true-life story, which also is a book, depicts the eight buglers as everyday people, many of them raising families.

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