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Into the Abyss (2011)

 -  Documentary  -  30 March 2012 (UK)
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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life  »

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$47,559 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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$216,262 (USA) (16 December 2011)
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Death and life
16 April 2012 | by (Leesburg, FL) – See all my reviews

I have seen many Herzog films: Encounters at the End of the World, Rescue Dawn, Grizzley Man, and Aguirre: The Wrath of God, just to name a few. I have always been fascinated with his work.

Herzog documentaries are notable for using locals instead of professionals to give it a ring of truth. It makes for a more interesting story.

This film was made 8 days before Michael Perry, a man on death row convicted of murdering Sandra Stotler, a fifty-year-old nurse, was to be executed. He was suspected, but never charged, in two other murders which occurred in Conroe, Texas, with his accomplice Jason Burkett. Perry was convicted eight years earlier of the October 2001 murder, apparently committed in order to steal a car for a joyride. Perry denies that he was responsible for the killings, blaming Burkett (also appearing in the film) who was convicted of the other two murders. Burkett, who received a lesser life sentence for his involvement, likewise blames Perry.

The tales of all involved, especially the inmate's father, and the warden, were fascinating.


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