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Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck (2007)

Video  -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  5 June 2007 (USA)
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A film based on the notorious mass killer Richard Speck, who systematically tortured, raped and murdered a group of student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital in 1966.

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In-depth documentary for Court TV re-examines the trial and the impact of notorious mass murderer, Richard Speck, including reactions to the massacre from the sole survivor.

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Mrs. Whitmore
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Jimmy Whitmore (as Coley Michael Feifer)
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Bobby Whitmore (as Jacob Riding)
Theo Puckett ...
Judge Watson
Nino Simon ...
Richard's Step Father (as Nino Simone)
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Sharon
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Harry the Bartender
Eliza Swords ...
Doris
Kelsey McCann ...
Annette
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Sondra
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Miranda (as Yi Lin)
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Bernice
Jeanine Del Carlo ...
Vivian
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Richard Speck lives in the Dallas, Texas area, and is a seemingly quiet but string man. After divorcing his wife, and to escape the mental evaluation treatment a judge had ordered for him, he leaves Texas and moves to Chicago, where the hell will start. Written by NormanBates

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9 nurses. 1 survivor.

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Rated R for disturbing sadistic violence including rape, terror, sexuality, language and some drug content | See all certifications »
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A number of items in the hotel would not have been present in 1966. These include electronic card locks on the room doors, as well as a fax machine, a computer screen, and a laser-printed sign behind the front desk. See more »

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[first lines]
Richard Speck: Hell, if they knew how much fun I was havin' in here, they'd let me loose.
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A factual and historical disappointment.
27 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am very familiar with the true life case of Richard Speck and have to say that if you are at all interested in learning about him, his victims and the crime, this movie will not give you an accurate representation at all. Like the 2004 movie "Speck" with Doug Cole, this movie lacks realism and strays far from the true story it is supposed to be telling. First off, the dormitory Speck murders the nurses in, in the movie is one story and spread out like a hospital ward with several rooms. The two-story South Chicago townhouse that the real murders took place in was cramped, with three small bedrooms upstairs and a living room and kitchen downstairs. This may seem like nitpicking but it's actually a major mistake that the filmmaker commits, because much of the horror of the real life story comes from the fact that Speck was able to murder all of these women in such close, claustrophobic quarters. It would have added so much to the movie if they had gotten this right. Secondly, Speck was not vicious, violent and murderous all the time whether drunk or sober in real life as the movie portrays him. In actuality the real Speck, when sober, was a sniveling coward who was afraid to fight, lacked self-confidence, was ashamed and embarrassed of his pockmarked face and a mama's boy who, even as an adult, relied on his mother to bail him out of jail and get him out of whatever trouble he got himself into. He only had a modicum of self-confidence and mostly just became nasty, violent and obnoxious when he got drunk and/or high. In prison, the other prisoners turned him into their bitch and forced him into humiliating sexual practices at their whim. Not exactly the scary cowboy-hat wearing outlaw portrayed in the movie. I'm not minimizing the fact that Richard Speck was a dangerous and vicious killer. But it would've been nice to have seen a more accurate 3 dimensional portrayal of what he was really like. Thirdly, the actors in this movie who play the cops are lousy. Their overacting and over-reacting would do William Shatner proud. The performances are laughable and the writing is on par with a cheesy cop show from the sixties or an Ed Wood movie. Fourthly, this ceases to be a horror movie and is just downright nasty and unpleasant in it's, perhaps, too graphic depiction of the murders of the nurses. This is not cartoonish Michael Myers, Halloween horror here. It's a tragic real life story that had horrific, sad and awful consequences. This movie insults the viewer's intelligence and is patronizing in it's spoon fed violence. Richard Speck was a worthless shard of human debris who can't and shouldn't be celebrated or mythologized in any way. After watching this train wreck of a so-called movie, I can only say may no more would-be John Carpenters or George Romeros try to put his vile life to film again, unless of course they do it on a larger budget, with a better script, better director and better actors. I agree with what the other person said about Corin Nemec, his performance is good, but only his performance is good. I am in shock and awe that somebody thought this movie was better than David Fincher's "Zodiac"!


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