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Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Horror | 25 April 2009 (USA)
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Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Zeman ...
Himself
Barbara Brancaccio ...
Herself
Bill Ellis ...
Himself - Professor of Folklore, Penn State (as Dr. Bill Ellis)
Dorothy D'Eletto ...
Herself - Archivist & Researcher
...
Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Karen Schweiger ...
Herself - Jennifer Schweiger's Mother
David Navarro ...
Himself - Former Newscaster
Donna Cutugno ...
Herself - Founder, Friends of Jennifer
Ralph Aquino ...
Himself - Retired Detective, NYPD
Bobby Jensen ...
Himself - Retired Detective, NYPD
Ernie Anastos ...
Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Andre Rand ...
Himself - Suspect
Jim Callaghan ...
Himself - Former Editor, Staten Island Eagle
Jim Dolan ...
Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Theresa Doyle ...
Herself - Searcher for Jennifer
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Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

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Opening Weekend:

$6,305 (USA) (4 June 2010)

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$35,456 (USA) (16 July 2010)
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Was awarded Hammer to Nail's Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at 2009's Tribeca Film Festival. See more »

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Jim Callaghan - Former Editor, Staten Island Eagle: When you look at a place like Staten Island, it was viewed as a dumping ground for all kinds of things, the Fresh Kills landfill, that took everybody's garbage, 8 million people's garbage, dumped in Staten Island, the Farm Colony was a place where people went who had tuberculosis. Willowbrook warehoused thousands of people and left them there, that it was a dumping ground. Why would you dump them in Staten Island? That's where you dump things, so you dump kids, what's the difference? You're ...
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Unexpectedly Interesting and Thoughtful
19 October 2012 | by (Naugatuck CT USA) – See all my reviews

Cropsey is a well-produced and well-written story of some missing children on Staten Island, centered around the story of the man who might have kidnapped and murdered them.

The filmmakers tracked down and interviewed dozens of people connected with the stories of the girls, of "Cropsey," and of the taciturn man at the center of the case. Although there are the usual talking head scenes, the film also includes much atmospheric and thematic footage of the area in Staten Island where the activities took place that they are probing.

There are plenty of oddities in the legal and moral cases presented and discussed. The timeline extends more than 30 years. I found the film disquieting both because the central characters seemed to be less than innocent but at the same time, the film makes clear that the circumstances being explored are themselves foggy. Good film, subtly highlighting the difficulties of justice and the pain of not knowing.


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