Paul Schrader's film recounts events beginning in 1974, when Patty Hearst (Natasha Richardson) is kidnaped by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). The story continues through Hearst's 57-day SLA indoctrination, her participation in armed banked robberies, her capture by the
FBI, and the trial that ended in her being sentenced to a term in prison. For the first third of PATTY HEARST, director Schrader forces the audience to share Hearst's ordeal during her period of captivity, and this is a very effective sequence. However, once this section is completed, Schrader
pulls away from his protagonist and the film becomes far less engaging. The cast is quite g...