This expertly produced case-file drama takes great pains to explain militia mania in America's heartland. However, this entry in the NBC network series of IN THE LINE OF DUTY TV movies errs by failing to balance its documentary and dramatic aspects.
After a long sentence in Leavenworth for tax evasion, farmer Gordon Kahl (Rod Steiger) shuns his wife after she saves their land with a loan from her brother. A racist and a separatist, Kahl gains the attention of his struggling neighbors with his inflammatory speeches about a US government
banking conspiracy to gobble up family farms. As Kahl's followers swell and begin to stockpile weapons, North Dakota law enforce...