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Basic Training

  • Release Date: Jan 01, 1971
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Genres: Culture & Society, Military & War
  • Director:Frederick Wiseman


Celebrated filmmaker Frederick Wiseman offers another striking look at the inner workings of a well-known institution in this documentary. Shot in 1970, at the height of the Vietnam war and as popular opinion in America was beginning to swing against the conflict, Basic Training follows a company of U.S. Army draftees and volunteers as they go through initial military training at Fort Knox in Kentucky. Wiseman observes without intruding as the young men are taught the basics of fighting in the field and...more