Leaving Cleaver

Overview

Perhaps no major figure of the 1960s led a more complex or controversial life than onetime Black Panther Minister of Information Eldridge Cleaver. A revolutionary initially famous for his prison memoir Black Ice (in which he horrifyingly advocated rape as a form of insurrection), Cleaver also wielded behavior including assault, theft, and drug-pushing, and openly advocated mass murder in his political rallies. Yet somehow, Cleaver won fame as an astute voice of the period, and for many years evaded doing time. He...
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Overview

Perhaps no major figure of the 1960s led a more complex or controversial life than onetime Black Panther Minister of Information Eldridge Cleaver. A revolutionary initially famous for his prison memoir Black Ice (in which he horrifyingly advocated rape as a form of insurrection), Cleaver also wielded behavior including assault, theft, and drug-pushing, and openly advocated mass murder in his political rallies. Yet somehow, Cleaver won fame as an astute voice of the period, and for many years evaded doing time. He then dramatically reinvented himself in the 1980s as a right-wing Republican, born-again Christian and staunch Reaganite, before lapsing into an ugly bout of cocaine addiction and then dying a quiet death, from prostate cancer, in 1998. In 1997, Cleaver consented to an interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for a discussion of his life and career as a social activist, and his role as a civil rights crusader. The documentary Leaving Cleaver tells Cleaver's life story, drawing from extracts of the Gates interview, period footage of Cleaver in action and commentary from Cleaver's wife Kathleen.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2008
  • UPC: 841887009256
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 78,116

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eldridge Cleaver
Henry Louis Gates Jr. Participant
Technical Credits
June Cross Producer, Screenwriter
Henry Louis Gates Jr. Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Leaving Cleaver
1. Introduction [8:13]
2. Growing Up [7:35]
3. Spreading the Message [6:46]
4. Algiers and the Black Panther Rift [5:59]
5. Return to the System [9:05]
6. The Elimination of Inequality [8:14]
7. Knowing What We Know Now [8:45]
8. Credits [:56]
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