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FTA

This film has not been seen since 1972, when it mysteriously disappeared from theaters only one week into its release. FTA is an acronym made popular in the Army recruiting phrase 'Fun, Travel and Adventure,' but that's not what it means here. 'Fuck The Army' became the ironic anti-recruiting slogan of the Vietnam War.
October 5, 2007


This film has not been seen since 1972, when it mysteriously disappeared from theaters only one week into its release.
FTA is an acronym made popular in the Army recruiting phrase ‘Fun, Travel and Adventure,’ but that’s not what it means here. ‘Fuck The Army’ became the ironic anti-recruiting slogan of the Vietnam War.

FTA tells the story of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland’s touring anti-war show, which performed for thousands of American soldiers during the Vietnam War. The film played all over the US, most notably near military bases, where it was seen by an estimated 60,000 soldiers, most of whom were forcefully opposed to the war.
The relevance of this film today hardly needs to be explained. Both the content and anger it offers are as fitting now as they were during the Vietnam War. Chosen as one of three films to open IDFA, the film partially handled by Displaced Films, which offered Sir! No Sir! last year.

Partners: Free Theater Associates (defunct) distributed through Louise Rosen Ltd./Displaced Films
Wrapped: 1972
Length: 90 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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