Synopsis: Nearly fifty years ago, a gunman rode the elevator to the twenty-seventh floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. TOWER, an animated and action-packed documentary, shares the untold story of that day - when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.
Director(s): Keith Maitland
Production: Go-Valley
  17 wins & 24 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

[bright music]

[engine turns over]

[radio adjusting]

- This is Neal Spelce

in Red Rover

on the University

of Texas campus.

This is a warning

to the citizens of Austin.

Stay away

from the University area.

Stay away from

the University area.

There is a sniper

on the University Tower

firing at will.


[soft piano music]


- Bah da bah da da da

Bah da bah da da da

Bah da bah da da da

- Monday, Monday

- Bah da bah da da da

- So good to me

- Bah da bah da da da

- We had taken

an anthropology test

so we got out of class

early that day.

My boyfriend Tom and I

were drinking coffee

at the Chuck Wagon

at the Student Union.

[people chattering]

- Hey, Claire.

[indistinct chattering]

- We knew that

if we didn't go quickly

and put another nickel

in the meter,

we'd get a pink slip

and we already had two.

I think if you had three,

you couldn't park on campus

any longer.

- Sometimes it just

turns out that way

- Oh, Monday mornin'

You gave me no warnin'

- We were kind of disagreeing.

Well, he was worried

that I wasn't

getting enough nutrition

for the baby.

And I said, "Well, Tom, I had

orange juice this morning."


I just felt this...

This huge jolt.


Like I'd stepped on

a live wire.

Like I'd been electrocuted.

Tom said--

- Baby!

- And reached out for me,

and then...



[heavy breathing]

- What're you doing?

Get up from there.

- Please call a doctor!

- Get your books.


- Please! Help us!

[somber music]

- Every other day

- Every other day

Every other day

Every other day

of the week is fine

- I had a paper route around

the University of Texas.

It was the biggest route

in Austin

and everybody wanted

to get that route.

I had my cousin with me.

Sometimes he would help me

with my paper route.

I was not supposed

to work that day.

The regular guy was supposed

to get back from vacation

that day.

At about 10:
00 that morning,

the paper called me

and asked if I could

do that route one more day.

- But Monday mornin'

Monday mornin'

couldn't guarantee


[radio adjusting]

[slow country music]

- I was either

filling out reports or...

just taking it easy

a little bit.

Listening to my radio.

On the Country Western.

[up-tempo country music]

I do remember one song

that played that morning

was "Waterloo."

- Waterloo

- I kinda felt

that after that day...

Well, here's your Waterloo

coming up for somebody.

- Every puppy has its day

Everybody has to pay

Everybody has to meet

his Waterloo

- It was hot that day.

It must've been

100 degrees.

[faint popping]

I started making my deliveries

and I heard some sounds,

like popping.

It sounded like firecrackers.





[KTBC Radio jingle plays]

- Austin, Texas

- August 1st started out

as a typical summer day

in Austin, Texas.

And it was a day

that you sat around, frankly.

And we were trying

to decide...

Okay, what do we

cover today?

[spotty police dispatch]

- Main Tower...

University of Texas...

- Then the radio

called my number

and I was trying to make out

what they were saying,

but it just wasn't

coming through.


- I...I can't...I can't

make out what you're saying.

You keep cutting out now.

- He said somethin' 'bout...

- 44...108...

- Finally I decipher

University of Texas.

So...I just said I was headed

toward the University of Texas.

- We had police radios,

of course,

throughout the newsroom.

- And then, within seconds...

- There's a guy on top

of the Tower and he's shooting.

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