In late 1955 and early 1956, the citizens of Boise, Idaho believed there was a menace in their midst. On Halloween, investigators arrested three men on charges of having sex with teenage ... See full summary »
In late 1955 and early 1956, the citizens of Boise, Idaho believed there was a menace in their midst. On Halloween, investigators arrested three men on charges of having sex with teenage boys. The investigators claimed the arrests were just the tip of the iceberg-they said hundreds of boys were being abused as part of a child sex ring. There was no such ring, but the result was a widespread investigation which some people consider a witch hunt. By the time the investigation ended, 16 men were charged. Countless other lives were also touched.In some cases, men implicated fled the area. At least one actually left the country. The investigation attracted attention in newspapers across the nation, including Time Magazine. The "Morals Drive" left scars which remain to this day. Written by
The Fall of 55 was an outstanding example for historic journalism. The movie reminds us to remember our mistakes from the past in an effort not to repeat them in the future. Its use of historic records and photographs bring you into the movie making the audience feel as though they are a third party observer and yet Mr. Randall et al succeed in not taking sides on the issues presented. Facts are presented clearly and the evidence is weighed but the cast and crew of Fall of 55 let you the audience come to you own conclusions. This was a well rounded film showing both sides of the issue. 50 years later it puts into perspective what happened and allows the audience to try to understand what was right or wrong about it, and what the consequences were. This is an outstanding film and a must see for anyone into independent film and/or historic journalism.
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