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The Interrupters

  NR Closed Captioning

Steve James

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Plot Summary

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Shot over the course of a year, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this is an intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities. The Interrupters follows these individuals – two men and a woman -- as they intervene in disputes before they turn violent. The film captures not only their work, but also their own stories of hope and redemption.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 85
  • Fresh: 84
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: In a documentary career defined by fierce commitment to his subjects, Steve James delivers his most ambitious project yet in The Interrupters. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Aug 19, 2011

Fresh: It tears at your heart with its depiction of the intractability of the problem. But it simultaneously insists, and makes you believe, that change is possible one person at a time. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Aug 25, 2011

Fresh: Steve James' arresting documentary could benefit even more from a multi-part television treatment. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 19, 2011

Fresh: "The Interrupters" is an intense and chilling documentary about peacekeeping troops in a war zone. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 1, 2011

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Customer Reviews

How is this different from the Frontline documentary?

The Frontline documentary (Same title, same director, same topic, same length) is available on iTunes for $2.99. Curious.

Watch for Free on PBS

You can watch this completely free at the PBS website (Under Frontline).

Watch this on PBS frontline if practical

Highly recommended, but no one deserves to live like this.

The Interrupters
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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