The city of Atlanta, Georgia, is terrorized by a rash of child murders occurring in its black community. When a black photographer is arrested for the crimes, controversy erupts over ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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 Alvin Binder (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Major Walker (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Lewis Slaton (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Ben Shelter (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Wayne Williams (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Selena Cobb (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Faye Williams (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Camille Bell (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Homer Williams (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Jack Mallard (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Larry Peterson (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mike Edwards (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Ken Lawson (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Campbell (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mayor Jackson (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Withers (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Chet Dettlinger (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Gwendolyn (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Bobby Tolin (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Gilliland (2 episodes, 1985)
Stephen Godwin ...
 Jerry Heckler (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Cool Breeze (2 episodes, 1985)
Don Hood ...
 McLean (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Broderick (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Dr. Saleh Zaki (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Amy Kennear (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Venus Taylor (2 episodes, 1985)
Veronica Redd ...
 Sharon Blakely (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Judge Clarence Cooper (2 episodes, 1985)
Lisa Blake Richards ...
 Helen Dettlinger (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Connie Levine (2 episodes, 1985)
Essex Smith ...
 Robert Henry (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Hindsman (2 episodes, 1985)
Royce Wallace ...
 Margaret Carter (2 episodes, 1985)
Charles Weldon ...
 John Bell (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Tombe Chorro (2 episodes, 1985)
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 David Dingle (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Commissioner Lee Brown (2 episodes, 1985)
Ed Cambridge ...
 Mr. Cobb (2 episodes, 1985)
Marilyn Coleman ...
 Lois Evans (2 episodes, 1985)
Noel Conlon ...
 Psychiatrist (2 episodes, 1985)
John Devlin ...
 Cassidy (2 episodes, 1985)
Clarence Floyd III ...
 J.J. Coleman (2 episodes, 1985)
Zero Hubbard ...
 Patrick (2 episodes, 1985)
Barbara Harris ...
 Mary Welcome (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Policeman #1 (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Young Lawyer (2 episodes, 1985)
Lawrence Lott ...
 Dr. Sack (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Rev. Avery (2 episodes, 1985)
John Petlock ...
 Pathologist (2 episodes, 1985)
Jack Rader ...
 Rackleff (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Nathaniel Carter (2 episodes, 1985)
Maurice Sneed ...
 Roommate (2 episodes, 1985)
Christopher St. John ...
 Baltazar (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Sheldon Kemp (2 episodes, 1985)
Olga Talyn ...
 Mrs. Sack (2 episodes, 1985)
Robert S. Telford ...
 Polygraph Operator (2 episodes, 1985)
Anthony Thompkins ...
 Darryl (2 episodes, 1985)
Ellen Tobie ...
 Gloria Patterson (2 episodes, 1985)
Myrna White ...
 Robin Shelter (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Jerry Armstrong (2 episodes, 1985)
Erica Yohn ...
 Ruth (2 episodes, 1985)
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The city of Atlanta, Georgia, is terrorized by a rash of child murders occurring in its black community. When a black photographer is arrested for the crimes, controversy erupts over whether he is the actual killer or a scapegoat offered up by the city's mostly black leadership. Based on actual events. Written by Anonymous

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Les enfants d'Atlanta  »

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These murders prompted the first extensive use of serial killer profiling and forensic fiber analysis. See more »

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Camille Bell: We've got ourselves a black mayor, we've got ourselves a black commissioner of public safety, black councilman, we've got everything black from top to bottom! We got everything! But protection for our black children.
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Good Movie, not quite an accurate portrayal of Atlanta political establishment
10 May 2005 | by (Decatur, Ga) – See all my reviews

The Atlanta Child Murders, a 1985 CBS mini series of the week is a good movie, but not an accurate portrayal of the political establishment of this still growing city. Former Mayor Andrew Young tried to ban this movie from airing the city of Atlanta and the surrounding counties. I am a resident of Decatur, GA 10 miles outside of Atlanta. I was a seven year old boy when the first of 27 bodies of young Black teenage boys and two Black girls were found in 1979.

As of this writing Dekalb County Police Chief Graham just five days ago announced that he has reopened the cases of five murders of Black teenage boys that was on the original list of the murdered children. Chief Graham believes Wayne Williams could not have committed these murders. The Atlanta Child Murders screenplay was written by Abby Mann. Mann was a strong supporter along with writer James Baldwin and Civil Rights attorney William Kunstler of Wayne Williams innocence.

The Atlanta Child Murders film captures masterfully the fear and outrage that gripped the city (Atlanta) that eventually hosted the 1996 Olympics Summer Games. Mann attempted not to offend the politicians such as Former Governor Busby and Former Mayor Maynard Jackson whom were both in office at the time of the child murders and whom had the most to lose politically if these murders was not quickly solved. In my opinion Wayne Williams did not commit all of these murders. He would have had to been Superman to get around the city to commit all of these murders in the time frame the authorities was finding bodies. Wayne Williams was only convicted of killing two men who was considered the last victims of the list.

I give this movie ***stars. Good, but not excellent. This movie is not on DVD.


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