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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1985  
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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Paul Benjamin ...
 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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 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 ...
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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
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 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
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 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 ...
Clarence Floyd III ...
 J.J. Coleman 2 episodes, 1985
Zero Hubbard ...
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
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 Rackleff 2 episodes, 1985
J.W. Smith ...
 Nathaniel Carter 2 episodes, 1985
Maurice Sneed ...
 Roommate 2 episodes, 1985
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 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 ...
Ellen Tobie ...
 Gloria Patterson 2 episodes, 1985
Myrna White ...
 Robin Shelter 2 episodes, 1985
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 Jerry Armstrong 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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The mini-series cast includes two Oscar winners: Jason Robards and Morgan Freeman; and three Oscar nominees: Ruby Dee, Rip Torn, and James Earl Jones. 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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So, he's INNOCENT?
6 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When the "Atlanta Child Murders" first aired in the mid-'80s, it didn't raise too many eyebrows - even though Abby Mann's script intimates in the concluding minutes of the miniseries that convicted culprit Wayne Williams may NOT be the murderer of dozens of young men and boys in a horrifying crime spree that held Georgia's biggest city spellbound with fear three decades ago. Given Mann's film-making track record - "Judgment at Nuremberg," "King," etc. - nobody was going to accuse him of being a conservative. In fact, most of his work has always seemed philosophically bound by a boilerplate leftism and a near-obsession with black/white race relations in America. It wasn't too much of a surprise that he would spring his unique - and frankly bizarre - theory on network television. For Mann, Williams was the victim of incompetent police work, corrupt city government and that old devil, racism. OK. Sure.

But now, it's 20 years later. Wayne Williams is still in prison. While the serial killings of Atlanta's young have not continued (in fact, they stopped with Williams' arrest in 1981), Williams still maintains his innocence. So, where's Abby? Shouldn't he be working for William's freedom? Or, if he's changed his mind, repudiating his own theory? I mean: We're stuck with a 1985-vintage "J'accuse" that seems to have been conveniently forgotten by its own creator. Where's Abby? Is he sitting up in Beverly Hills with the rest of the Hollywood Chardonnay proletariat, reading the Daily Worker and ordering the Third World servants around?

If Wayne Williams is innocent, shouldn't SOMEONE be trying to free this poor victim-of-the-system from prison? And if, indeed, he's guilty, why did Abby Mann ever say he was innocent? Real mystery, huh?


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