Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI’s covert spying, harassment and inciting of violence they then blame on the Left. The skeptical reporter interview’s Anita, Hoffman’s wife, a single mom on welfare in New York City; Hoffman’s attorney, Gerry Lefcourt; and others. As they talk, we see Hoffman’s career in flashbacks, from early civil rights organizing through the trial of the Chicago Eight. While underground, as mental illness takes its toll, he meets Johanna Lawrenson, and an odd family develops: Abbie, Anita, their son, and Johanna. Will vindication ever arrive? —IMDb
Robert Greenwald (born August 28, 1945) is an American film director, film producer, and political activist, noted in the 2000s for his documentaries critical of Fox News and of the George W. Bush administration, as well as numerous award-winning television movies from the 1980s and 1990s.
Greenwald was born and raised in New York City, the son of Ruth and Harold Greenwald. He attended the city’s High School of Performing Arts. He was active in New York theater, directing the plays Me and Bessie (1975) and I Have a Dream (1976), a play based on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., with Billy Dee Williams playing King. Greenwald then moved to Los Angeles, where he launched a successful career as a director for television.
In 1977, he received his first of three Emmy Award nominations for producing the television movie 21 Hours at Munich about the massacre at the 1972 Olympics. His next Emmy nomination came in 1984 for directing The Burning Bed, the critically-acclaimed… read more