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Commune (2006)

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Domestic Box Office $41,714Details
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During the radical fervor of the early 1970s, utopian communities dotted the American landscape. They aimed to reshape the world with "free love" and common property, and they excited controversy and fear amongst local residents across the country. Though the idea of communes is now often relegated to a niave past, Berman discovers a successful and lasting, if controversial, legacy at the influential Black Bear Ranch, in Siskiyou County, California. Premised on the idea of "Free Land for Free People," and financed by the largesse of Hollywood rock stars, the founders of Black Bear bought land deep in the wilderness and raised a rough-hewn homestead. Over the years, hundreds would join the community, and life would be complicated by conflicts about the role of women, child-rearing, proper communalist behavior, the FBI, and most traumatically, a child-snatching cult. With archival footage from the early days, and the present-day views of Black Bear members and their offspring, "Commune" is a revealing look at how our most basic choices about family, work, and the nature of our relationships send powerful and lasting shock waves through the fabric of society. Featuring herbalist Michael Tierra, who is credited with rediscovering echinacea; internationally renowned painter Elsa Marley; and actor Peter Coyote.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Spilled
95% - Fresh
46% - Spilled

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 5th, 2006 (Limited) by Five Points Media
Video Release: October 23rd, 2011 by First Run Home
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 78 minutes
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Keywords: Environment, Political, Cults, Counterculture, Narcotics, Musicians
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Five Points Media
Production Countries: United States

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Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 11,432 $2,055 May 5, 2006 3


Peter Coyote    Himself
Michael Tierra    Himself
Elsa Marley    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Jonathan Berman
Editor    Michael Taylor
Editor    Marisa Simpson
Director of Photography    Alan Deutsch
Director of Photography    Tamas Bojtor
Co-Producer    Zed Frick
Composer    Elliot Sharp

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2006/05/05 100 $2,055   1 $2,055   $2,055 3

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