A respected female doctor is shot by police for supposedly pointing a gun at them, but for several people this doesn't ring true. Not least one reporter who uncovers links to the previous murders of several black children in the area.

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Donnie Hammond
Clarence Whitmore ...
Carl Reed
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Will Davis (as Diego Villareal Garcia)
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Martin Mueller
Eileen Morris ...
Sylvia Nolan
Michelle Milton ...
Dr. Smith
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Mr. Smith (as Errol Wilks)
Deborah Flowers ...
Rochelle Jackson
David Parker ...
Dr. Hines / The Professor
Pat Arthur ...
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David Hickox ...
Captain Cook
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Jimmy (as Tim Dixon)
Byron Jaquet ...
Sam
Lee James Squires ...
Lou Bartowski (as Lee Squires)
Robert Gleason ...
Brian Downey
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A respected female doctor is shot by police for supposedly pointing a gun at them, but for several people this doesn't ring true. Not least one reporter who uncovers links to the previous murders of several black children in the area.

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17 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Atlanta Murders  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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How NOT to make a movie "based on a true story"
26 October 2015 | by (Edinbruhhh) – See all my reviews

I'm gonna start by mentioning some of the positives about the movie, it's higher quality in terms of production value and acting when it comes to York Entertainment movies, who are (or at least were) notorious for releasing any shoe-string budget independent movie as long as it had some 'urban' theme or actors in it.

The never really bothered with the quality of the film and notorious for putting any cameoing rappers on the front-cover and pretending they are the lead and such, or just a random black guy in a all white movie they'd put him on the cover just to gain interest with urban movie fans.

This movie however does not have any rappers in it (perhaps that's why the acting is slightly better than the average) and the guy on the cover is actually the guy in the lead, for once.

Anyway, the actual movie which boasts about being 'based on a true story' has very little actual truth in it.

The real Atlanta murders were committed in 1979-1981 where as this movie takes place whenever it was filmed (guessing late 90's, the release years on York Entertainment movies aren't always that reliable as a lot of the movies they release are movies that other people didn't want to touch and have been shelved for a long while).

I can look aside that though, as you'd need a lot more money than the 100 000 dollar budget this movie had to pull off making a movie taking place in another time than the present.

But what I can't really look aside is that it strays so far away from the truth it's not even funny.

I'm not gonna spoil the plot but basically the script in terms of who did the killings and the motive is as if taken straight out of a 70's blaxplotation flick and even more bizarre.

You have to love the reasoning that our hero has about why the main suspect (who was black) couldn't be guilty in a early scene:

"You know the guy was set up, black men don't go around killing black kids, come on!".

Who can argue with that logic?

So then of course they make up a totally bogus story about him being set up and by who, so yeah very little truth in this 'true story' but even looking past that it's not particularly impressive film-making.

I could have considered giving it a 4/10 instead of 3/10 if they wouldn't had pushed the whole based on a true story thing so much and even named itself after the actual events of which it is known as: 'The Atlanta murders' as that will make people think that this is actually about... Well.. The Atlanta murders...


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