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All-American Murder (1991)

All American Murder is the story of Artie. He is the new guy on Campus and he only has one thing on his mind, Tally Fuller. Tally is the most popular girl in school, until she is found dead... See full summary »

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P.J. Decker
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Artie Logan
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Tally Fuller
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Erica Darby
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Lou Alonzo
Woody Watson ...
Frank Harley
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Doug Sawyer
Amy Moore Davis ...
Wendy Stern (as Amy Davis)
J.C. Quinn ...
Harry Forbes
Craig Stout ...
Dean Darby
Angie Brown ...
Laurie Grant
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Judge Logan
Jim Clark Jr. ...
Detective
James Frank Clark ...
Campus Police
Doran Ingram ...
Marco
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All American Murder is the story of Artie. He is the new guy on Campus and he only has one thing on his mind, Tally Fuller. Tally is the most popular girl in school, until she is found dead and Artie becomes the prime suspect! Will he be able to clear his name and find the real killer, only time will tell. Written by Graham Wilson Jr <diex@suburbia.net>

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He's about to enter a jungle of sex, sleaze and murder ...he's going to college.


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Rated R for strong areas of sensuality, and for language and violence | See all certifications »
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1 December 1991 (USA)  »

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Film was shot in 22 days. See more »

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Logan: They've sent me the jokers, you must be the ace."
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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OUT OF THE DARKNESS
Written by Tony Sciuto, Sam Egorin and Franke Previte
Performed by Tony Sciuto
Produced by Gary Griffin (as Gary Thomas Griffin) and Ted Mather
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American Giallo
17 April 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

All American Murder(1992) is an interesting murder mystery not because its a very good film but because it is one of the rare American film that uses many ideas from the Italian Giallo. The writer, Barry Sandler seemed to have a touch of Argentoitis when he did the screenplay. Reminds me in many ways of Four Flies on Grey Velvet(1971) in the sense that someone is playing a game of cat and mouse with the main hero. Combines the giallo with the slasher film, the rebel picture, the detective story, and the love story.

Christopher Walken lifts the film from being lousy to being entertaining. Uses elements from Agatha Christie and Ed McBain novels. Its obvious that All American Murder was influenced by the films of Dario Argento and Mario Bava especially in the use of a well deguised murderer as well as the motif of the deception of human nature that Bava showed in his films. The scene where Artie thinks he witnesses the murder of Tally reminds me of similar scenes from The Bird with the Crystal Plumage(1969) and Deep Red(1975).

Josie Bissett was good in the role of Tally Fuller but I wished that he played in a duel role similar to that of Marisa Mell in One on Top of the Other(1969). Another film that seems to influenced this is Brian De Palma's Body Double(1984). Has small portions of the sleeze, sex, and violence that the Italian Giallo is known for. Unfortunately, the film does not have any of the flamboyant camera movement, the explosive soundtrack, the surreal images nor the artful and stylize violence that makes Dario Argento a genius of horror pictures.


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