GenreDrama ScreenplayJeremy Kagan CinematographyFrank Stanley CountryUnited States
Release date1975 CastSissy Spacek (Katherine Alman), Henry Winkler (Bob Kline), Art Carney (Thornton Alman), Julie Kavner (Margot Weiss Goldman), Jane Wyatt (Emily Alman), Jenny Sullivan (Liz Alman Parks) Similar moviesRelated Jeremy Kagan movies
Katherine (also known as The Radical) is a 1975 television film written and directed by Jeremy Kagan, and starring Sissy Spacek, Art Carney and Henry Winkler. Intended to portray the time period of the Vietnam War, the title character was loosely based on Diana Oughton of the Weather Underground, who died in the 1970 Greenwich Village townhouse explosion when a bomb she was building accidentally exploded. Reviewers have also noted that Katherine also "borrowed from the then-current headlines involving Patty Hearst, another heiress whose exact level of voluntary involvement with the Symbionese Liberation Army remained hazy in 1975.
Through a series of flashbacks, the film, told in semi-documentary fashion, retraces the main characters' lives through the years 1964-1972.