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Tower (2016)

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Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.

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Keith Maitland
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Credited cast:
Violett Beane ... Claire Wilson
Louie Arnette Louie Arnette ... Ramiro Martinez
Blair Jackson ... Houston McCoy
Monty Muir Monty Muir ... Neal Spelce
Chris Doubek ... Allen Crum
Reece Everett Ryan ... Alfred(Alfie) McAlister
Josephine McAdam ... Rita Starpattern
Aldo Ordoñez Aldo Ordoñez ... Aleck Hernandez Jr.
Vicky Illk ... Brenda Bell
John Fitch John Fitch ... Billy Speed
Karen Davidson Karen Davidson ... Margaret C. Berry
Jeremy Brown Jeremy Brown ... Jerry Day
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Séamus Bolivar-Ochoa Séamus Bolivar-Ochoa ... John Fox
Cole Bresnehen Cole Bresnehen ... James Love
Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
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Nearly fifty years ago, a gunman rode the elevator to the twenty-seventh floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. TOWER, an animated and action-packed documentary, shares the untold story of that day - when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Wieża See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$101,987

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,987
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Whitman is portrayed by Kurt Russell in the 1975 made-for-TV movie The Deadly Tower. See more »

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Walter Cronkite: The horror of these, the sick among us, must be found in the horror of our hyper-civilization. A strange pandering to violence, a disrespect for life, fostered in part by governments which, in pursuit of the doctrine of self-defense, teach their youth to kill and to maim. A society in which the most popular newspaper cartoon strips, television programs, and movies are those that can invent new means of perpetrating bodily harm. A people who somehow can remain silent while their own civilization...
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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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Texas We Love You
Performed by Grouchy and the Texas Pioneers
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Sad but Compelling
30 March 2017 | by billcr12See all my reviews

I have been a reader of true crime going back to 1981 beginning with Ann Rule's "The Stranger Beside Me." I was, therefore, familiar with Charles Whitman's shooting spree at the University of Texas in Austin on August 1, 1966. Writer-director Keith Maitland uses real archival footage with animation to show the bloodshed from the victims perspective. Even after fifty years, the story still resonates as the first of the many mass killings in the United States. The heroes are many, from a few people who risked their live to rescue a pregnant woman to the police officers who finally took Whitman down, this is one of the best animated films that I have ever seen. My one small criticism is not including more material on Charles Whitman's background as a marine and former alter boy from a typical all American family. No one can really know the private demons within Whitman, but I would have appreciated a more deep analysis of the killer. Even with that drawback, The Tower is well worth your time.


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