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August 1, 1966, was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. The film highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever - a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

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Based on 14 Tower reviews, Tower gets an average review score of 89.
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www.nytimes.comBlu-ray
Using a limited frame, Mr. Maitland does his own commemorating, inherently raising questions about terror, the nature of heroism and what it means to really survive. He also doe...
31d ago
100/100
www.thewrap.comVOD
Austin-based filmmaker Keith Maitland’s eyewitness-based account of Charles Whitman’s killing spree uses animation and survivors’ memories to powerful effect.
31d ago
100/100
www.villagevoice.comVOD
Words can't do justice to the singular power of Keith Maitland's documentary Tower, a you-are-there reconstruction of the harrowing 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas...
31d ago
100/100
www.newyorker.comDVD
The animation, by Craig Staggs, has a notable imaginative specificity, and the meticulously complex interweaving of styles turns the film into a horrifying true-crime thriller t...
31d ago
90/100
variety.comBlu-ray
A tense, reflective and uniquely cinematic reconstruction of the 1966 sniper shootings that rocked a Texas university campus.
31d ago
4.5/5
www.austinchronicle.comBlu-ray
I rarely, if ever, use the cliche “a must-see movie,” but in this case it’s entirely apropos. Go see Tower, and then think long and hard about how little ground our society has ...
31d ago
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