VIOLENT TRUE CRIME

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1.
In Cold Blood (1967)
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After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity. (134 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
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The Honeymoon Killers (1970)
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An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs. (108 mins.)
Director: Leonard Kastle
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10 Rillington Place (1971)
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Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans. (106 mins.)
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Manson (1973 Documentary)
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Documentary on Charles Manson and his family. Has a number of insightful interviews with many family... (83 mins.)
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Badlands (1973)
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An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
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Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)
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Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps (among others) as his companion in a decaying farmhouse. (84 mins.)
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The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976 TV Movie)
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Fact based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann. (148 mins.)
Director: Buzz Kulik
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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
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In 1946, a ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small Texas town. (90 mins.)
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In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
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A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end. (109 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
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The Onion Field (1979)
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Gregory Ulas Powell is a disturbed ex-con who recruits Jimmy Lee "Youngblood" Smith, a petty thief, as his partner in crime... (122 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
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The Atlanta Child Murders (1985 Mini-Series)
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The city of Atlanta, Georgia, is terrorized by a rash of child murders occurring in its black community... (245 mins.)
Director: John Erman
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At Close Range (1986)
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In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime. (111 mins.)
Director: James Foley
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The Deliberate Stranger (1986 TV Movie)
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Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974... (185 mins.)
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The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
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A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
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I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989 Mini-Series)
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The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home. (180 mins.)
Director: Larry Elikann
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Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker (1989 TV Movie)
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Based on the true story of Richard "The Night Stalker" Ramirez who terrorized California in 1985 and the two Los Angeles police detectives who try to track him down. (95 mins.)
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The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (1989 TV Movie)
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The true chilling story of the "two of a kind", killin' cousins Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the Hillside Stranglers... (120 mins.)
Director: Steve Gethers
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Conspiracy of Silence (1991 Mini-Series)
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After a young Canadian Aboriginal girl is murdered in 1971, it takes 20 years of inaction and prejudice before the police finally find the real killers. Meanwhile the killers have to live with their own guilt and fear of being caught. (240 mins.)
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Let Him Have It (1991)
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In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig... (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
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Love, Lies and Murder (1991 Mini-Series)
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When a young housewife is murdered, the cops find her troubled daughter guilty after she confesses to the crime - but was she really the killer? (150 mins.)
 
21.
A Killer Among Friends (1992 TV Movie)
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The film tells why a girl was killed by two of her best friends. (96 mins.)
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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992 Documentary)
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1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer. (87 mins.)
Director: Nick Broomfield
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Swoon (1992)
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The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks... (93 mins.)
Director: Tom Kalin
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To Catch a Killer (1992 TV Movie)
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"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour... (182 mins.)
Director: Eric Till
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Murder in the Heartland (1993 Mini-Series)
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A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree. (157 mins.)
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Biography (1987 TV Series)
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The Life of Cannibal and Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer. (60 mins.)
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The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer (1993)
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Based on the life of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and ate many of them before he was caught in 1991. (99 mins.)
Director: David R. Bowen
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Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
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Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)
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During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods. (105 mins.)
Director: Chris Gerolmo
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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. (150 mins.)
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Case Reopened (1999 Mini-Series)
Episode: The Zodiac (1999)
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Happy Face Murders (1999 TV Movie)
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An eccentric older woman (Ann-Margret) implicates her brutal & controlling lover in the murder of a young intellectually disabled girl... (98 mins.)
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Ed Gein (2000)
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The story of Ed Gein, who dug up the corpses of over a dozen women and made things out of their remains before finally shooting two people to death and butchering their bodies like beef sides. (89 mins.)
Director: Chuck Parello
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Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000 TV Movie)
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About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant Jonbenet Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult. (178 mins.)
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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000 Documentary)
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The history of the "Scottsboro Boys," a group of African American men who were victims of a racist miscarriage of justice that became a national controversy. (84 mins.)
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Who Killed Atlanta's Children? (2000 TV Movie)
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In the early 1980s, there was someone killing the children of Atlanta. Eventually a single man was caught... (105 mins.)
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Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000 Documentary)
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The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later. (130 mins.)
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The Cat's Meow (2001)
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Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. (114 mins.)
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Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001 Documentary)
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Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida. (111 mins.)
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Murder in Greenwich (2002 TV Movie)
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The story of Martha Moxley, 15 year old girl murdered in Greenwich in the 1970's, her murder going unsolved for 25 years. (89 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
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Ted Bundy (2002)
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The story of serial killer Ted Bundy. (99 mins.)
Director: Matthew Bright
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The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (2002 TV Movie)
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The lives of Escondido, California residents Cheryl and Stephen Crowe change one morning when they find... (100 mins.)
Director: Don McBrearty
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44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (2003 TV Movie)
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After a failed bank robbery, two heavily armed men hold the Los Angeles Police Department at bay for 44 minutes. (103 mins.)
Director: Yves Simoneau
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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003 Documentary)
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Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial. (93 mins.)
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Monster (2003)
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Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
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Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield (2004 Documentary)
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H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004 Documentary)
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Torture chambers, acid vats, greased chutes and gassing rooms were just some of the devices of death designed by the Torture Doctor, H.H. Holmes in his castle of horrors. Follows Holmes' entire life as a criminal mastermind. (64 mins.)
Director: John Borowski
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The Hillside Strangler (2004)
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In the end of the 70's, the dysfunctional Kenneth Bianchi lives with his mother and is obsessed with joining the police force... (97 mins.)
Director: Chuck Parello
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The Riverman (2004 TV Movie)
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A series of interviews are conducted with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy in hopes of gaining insight into the Green River Killer who is terrorizing Seattle. (91 mins.)
Director: Bill Eagles
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The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005 TV Movie)
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After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas home in on the serial killer known as BTK. (82 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kay
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A Little Thing Called Murder (2006 TV Movie)
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Based on the true story of mother/son tag-team Sante Kimes and her offspring, Kenny, who crisscrossed the country and committed a string of crimes, among them robbery, fraud, arson, slavery, and murders that shocked the world. (90 mins.)
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Heavens Fall (2006)
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Two young woman accuse nine black youths of rape in the segregated South. (105 mins.)
Director: Terry Green
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Karla (2006)
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Based on real events, Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Bender
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Alpha Dog (2006)
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Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach, then assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder. They develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. (118 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
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An American Crime (2007)
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The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s. (98 mins.)
Director: Tommy O'Haver
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Inside the Manson Gang (2007 Documentary)
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'Inside the MANSON Gang' The incredible behind the scenes, exclusive footage and true story of the most notorious white gang in American history... (85 mins.)
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Savage Grace (2007)
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A dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies... (97 mins.)
Director: Tom Kalin
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The Gray Man (2007)
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Obsessive manhunt to identify and capture a despicable serial killer. (98 mins.)
Director: Scott L. Flynn
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This Is the Zodiac Speaking (2008 Documentary)
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Retrospective documentary covering aspects of the Zodiac investigation, including interviews with the original investigators and surviving victims. (102 mins.)
Director: David Prior
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Zodiac (2007)
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In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
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The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter (2009 Documentary)
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"The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter" walks in the footsteps of the Manson Family, visiting over 40 locations... (105 mins.)
Director: Mike Dorsey
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The Skyjacker That Got Away (2009 Documentary)
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Director: Philip Day
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Talhotblond: (2009 Documentary)
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This is the true story of a love triangle that takes place entirely online. Lies lead to murder in real life... (83 mins.)
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All Good Things (2010)
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Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
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The Gainesville Ripper (2010)
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Danny Rolling's serial killings of five college students in 1990 forever changes the college-town of Gainseville, FL. (90 mins.)
Director: Josh Townsend
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The Snowtown Murders (2011)
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Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder. (119 mins.)
Director: Justin Kurzel
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