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Released 1972
Distributor American International Pictures

In 1972, Jane Fonda—the Silent Majority’s primary bête noire—and Donald Sutherland organized a traveling comedy show as an anti-war alternative to the distinctly establishment vibe of Bob Hope’s USO tours. Filmmaker Francine Parker directed this low budget documentary featuring some remarkably unfunny skits and some  compelling behind the scenes interviews.

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About David Zeiger

Guggenheim Fellow David Zeiger has been making documentary films and series for 20 years, starting with The Band, a film about his son’s junior year in high school, broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V. in 1997. His short documentary, Funny Old Guys, was broadcast in 2002 by HBO. His 2006 film, Sir! No Sir!, ran theatrically in 65 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada and was broadcast in 200 countries worldwide. It won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival (Audience Award) and Hamptons Film Festival, and Seeds of War Award at the Full Frame Documentary Festival. In 2010 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2012 completed his first narrative feature, Sweet Old World.