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The Act of Killing -- A documentary that examines a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of the American movies they love.
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Release Date:
1 November 2012 (Indonesia) See more »
Tagline:
A story of killers who win, and the society they build See more »
Plot:
A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 61 wins & 33 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It's like a country where the SS actually won. See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anwar Congo ... Himself - Executioner in 1965
Herman Koto ... Himself - Gangster and Paramilitary Leader
Syamsul Arifin ... Himself - Governor of North Sumatra
Ibrahim Sinik ... Himself - Newspaper Publisher
Yapto Soerjosoemarno ... Himself - Leader of Pancasila Youth
Safit Pardede ... Himself - Local Paramilitary Leader
Jusuf Kalla ... Himself - Vice President of Indonesia
Adi Zulkadry ... Himself - Fellow Executioner in 1965
Soaduon Siregar ... Himself - Journalist
Suryono ... Himself - Anwar's Neighbor
Haji Marzuki ... Himself - Member of North Sumatra Parliament (as Marzuki)
Haji Anif ... Himself - Paramilitary Leader and Businessman
Rahmat Shah ... Himself - Member of Parliament
Sakhyan Asmara ... Himself - Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport

Directed by
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Anonymous (co-director)
Christine Cynn (co-director)
 
Produced by
Anonymous .... line producer
Anonymous .... producer
Christine Cynn .... co-producer
Christine Cynn .... producer
Torstein Grude .... co-producer
Torstein Grude .... executive producer
Werner Herzog .... executive producer
Maria Kristensen .... associate producer
Anne Köhncke .... producer
Errol Morris .... executive producer
Joshua Oppenheimer .... co-producer
Lizzy Ratner .... associate producer
Andre Singer .... executive producer
Signe Byrge Sørensen .... producer
Joram ten Brink .... executive producer
Joram ten Brink .... producer
Bjarte Mørner Tveit .... co-producer
Bjarte Mørner Tveit .... executive producer
Michael Uwemedimo .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Anonymous 
Carlos Arango De Montis 
Lars Skree 
 
Film Editing by
Nils Pagh Andersen  (as Niels Pagh Andersen)
Charlotte Munch Bengtsen 
Ariadna Fatjó-Vilas  (as Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas Mestre)
Janus Billeskov Jansen 
Mariko Montpetit 
 
Makeup Department
Anonymous .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Anonymous .... production manager
Heidi Elise Christensen .... post-production manager
Helga Høegh-Krohn .... post-production manager
Maria Kristensen .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anonymous .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Anonymous .... carpenter
Anonymous .... prop master
 
Sound Department
Anonymous .... dubbing
Anonymous .... recording engineer
Henrik Garnov .... sound editor: Gilyd! (as Henrik Gugge Garnov)
Gunn Tove Grønsberg .... sound editor: Storyline
Elin Øyen Vister .... original sound designer
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Anonymous .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Odd Brandtzægg .... IT engineer
Christopher Berge Hove .... visual effects
Tom Christer Lilletvedt .... visual effects (as Tom Chr. Lilletvedt)
Emil Thorbjørnsson .... motion graphics artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anonymous .... gaffer
Anonymous .... second camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anonymous .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Erik Andersson .... conform
Anonymous .... editing assistant
Charlotte Munch Bengtsen .... trailer
Svenne Friis .... technical support
Christopher Berge Hove .... conform
Tom Christer Lilletvedt .... colorist (as Tom Chr. Lilletvedt)
Lars Michael Reiff .... technical support
Nicolás Nørgaard Staffolani .... technical support (as Nicolas Servide)
Henrik Vincent Thiesen .... trailer
 
Music Department
Anonymous .... band
Anonymous .... choir director
Anonymous .... choir
Simon Thamdrup Jensen .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Anonymous .... driver
 
Other crew
Arvid Abrahamsen .... auditor
Anonymous .... animal handler
Anonymous .... choreographer
Anonymous .... dance coach
Anonymous .... production assistant
Anonymous .... runner
Anonymous .... wrangler
Jan Arildslund .... auditor: Beierholm
Charlotte Armstrong .... subtitle consultant
Korthe Barfod .... accountant
Michelle Bernth .... production assistant
Lia Na'ama Ten Brink .... production assistant
Tom Brooks .... production assistant
Oliver Clasper .... production assistant
Christian Eide .... accountant: Vassdal & Eriksen
Inger Friis .... accountant
Jens Georg Hansen .... insurance: Lyberg & Partnere (as Jens-Georg Hansen)
Shusaku Harada .... production assistant
Shusaku Harada .... subtitle consultant
Nick Hegreberg .... production assistant
Else Helland .... lawyer
Jakob Kirstein Høgel .... advisor
Karina Lavik .... production assistant
Hans Lolk .... accountant
Lena Lundt .... accountant
Hugo Macpherson .... production assistant
Valentin Manz .... production assistant
Leon Morgan .... lawyer
Katrine Schlüter .... lawyer (as Katrine Schlüther Schierbeck)
Samuel Simon .... production assistant
Morten Staghøj .... auditing: Beierholm
Oddleiv Vik .... office manager
 
Thanks
Sharad Agarwal .... special thanks
Stig Andersen .... with the support of: Norwegian Film Institute
Benedict Anderson .... special thanks
Anonymous .... special thanks
Axel Arnö .... in collaboration with: SVT
Erkki Astala .... in collaboration with: YLE
Aaron Balick .... special thanks
Paul Barber .... special thanks
Evan Berland .... special thanks
Heather Berland .... special thanks
Russell Berland .... special thanks
Sarah Berland .... special thanks
Steinar Bjørkhaug .... with the support of: Stiftelsen Matriark
Steven Bognar .... special thanks (as Steve Bognar)
Dola Bonfils .... special thanks
Telse Brix .... special thanks
Michael Bronski .... special thanks
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz .... in collaboration with: ZDF/Arte
Carmel Budiardjo .... special thanks
Brady Case .... special thanks
Carol Chase .... special thanks
David Chase .... special thanks
Elliot Chase .... special thanks
Stephen Chase .... special thanks
Anders V. Christensen .... special thanks (as Anders Christensen)
Charlie Clements .... special thanks
Catherine Corman .... special thanks
Andreas Dalsgaard .... special thanks
Ola Hunnes Danida .... with the support of: Norwegian Film Institute
Mark Danner .... special thanks
Lucy Davis .... special thanks
Rasmus Dinesen .... archive material courtesy of
Tony Dowmunt .... special thanks
Maja Dyekjær .... special thanks (as Maja Giese)
Gareth Evans .... special thanks
Troels Faldorf .... special thanks
Hilmar Farid .... special thanks
Catherine Feinen .... special thanks
Simon Field .... special thanks
Tine Fischer .... special thanks
Pat Footer .... special thanks
Kim Foss .... special thanks
Finn Gjedebo .... special thanks
Aaron Glimme .... special thanks
Peter Goodwin .... special thanks
Jesper Grand .... special thanks
Cecilie Gravesen .... special thanks
Alfred Guzzetti .... special thanks
Helle Hansen .... special thanks
Sidsel Stær Hansen .... special thanks (as Sidsel Hansen)
Shouichi Harada .... special thanks
Shusaku Harada .... special thanks
Toyomi Harada .... special thanks
Brittani Head .... special thanks
Georgia Leigh Hearn .... special thanks
Juan Hein .... special thanks
Monica Hellstrøm .... special thanks (as Monica Hellström)
Olivia Herman .... special thanks
Ariel Heryanto .... special thanks
Lena Herzog .... special thanks
Eva Hildebrand .... special thanks
Annette Hill .... special thanks
Simon Hipkins .... special thanks
Marianne Hougen-Moraga .... special thanks
Adam Hyman .... special thanks
Arine Kirstein Høgel .... special thanks
May Adadol Ingawanij .... special thanks
Jesper Jack .... special thanks
Lars Johansson .... special thanks
Søren Henrik Jørgensen .... special thanks
Ulrik Bolt Jørgensen .... special thanks
Cynthia Kane .... special thanks
Claire Kessie .... special thanks
Simon Klose .... special thanks
Nikolai Lang .... special thanks
Flemming Hedegaard Larsen .... in collaboration with: DR K
Alisa Lebow .... special thanks
Nini Leick .... special thanks
Lise Lense-Møller .... special thanks
Karolina Lidin .... with the support of: Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Artur Liebhart .... in collaboration with: Against Gravity
Irene Lusztig .... special thanks
Bojana Makavejev .... special thanks
Dusan Makavejev .... special thanks
Valentin Manz .... special thanks (as Valentin von Manz)
Richard Melman .... special thanks
Janus Metz .... special thanks
Josephine Michau .... special thanks
Daniel Morgan .... special thanks
Al Morrow .... special thanks
Robb Moss .... special thanks
David Nuzum .... special thanks
Barbara Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Carol Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Joe Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Sarah Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Mikael Opstrup .... special thanks
In-soo Radstake .... special thanks
Karen Ranucci .... special thanks
Marlene Schiött Rasmussens .... special thanks
Michael Ratner .... special thanks
Gian-Piero Ringel .... special thanks
Bente Roalsvig .... with the support of: Freedom of Expression Foundation
Benoit Roland .... special thanks
John Roosa .... special thanks
Jerry Rothwell .... special thanks
Loren Ryter .... special thanks
Sanna Salmenkallio .... special thanks
Satyajit Sarkar .... special thanks
Elizabeth Schneider .... special thanks
Randi Schulz .... special thanks
Katinka I. Schyberg .... special thanks (as Katinka Schyberg)
Jess Search .... special thanks
Peter Sellars .... special thanks
Noga Shalev .... special thanks
Morton Simon .... special thanks
Samuel Simon .... special thanks
Katrin Sohns .... special thanks
Thomas Stenderup .... special thanks
Ida Byrge Sørensen .... special thanks
Per Byrge Sørensen .... special thanks
Anna Teeman .... special thanks
Rosie Thomas .... special thanks
Tore Tomter .... in collaboration with: NRK
Bjarte Mørner Tveit .... in collaboration with: Kudos Family Distribution
Iikka Vehkalahti .... in collaboration with: YLE
Estephan Wagner .... special thanks
Apichatpong Weerasethakul .... special thanks
Simon Lereng Wilmont .... special thanks
Nathalie Windhorst .... in collaboration with: VPRO
Elisabeth Wood .... special thanks
John Wyver .... special thanks
Andrea Luka Zimmerman .... special thanks (as Andrea Zimmerman)
Slavoj Zizek .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
117 min | 159 min (extended version) | Germany:95 min (TV version) | Finland:96 min (TV version) | Taiwan:160 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (film festival rating) | Denmark:15 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 (TV rating) | France:12 (with warning) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Taiwan:R-15 | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Some of the killers featured here are so-called 'movie gangsters' who said their murders had been inspired by their love of John Wayne, Marlon Brando, or Mafia and American B-movies.See more »
Quotes:
Anwar Congo:It's a good family movie; plenty of humor; a great story; Wonderful scenery. It really show what's special about our country even though it's a film about death.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Burung KakatuaSee more »

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38 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
It's like a country where the SS actually won., 22 January 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While I recommend you see "The Act of Killing", the context for the film is missing. I think the filmmakers felt that it wasn't necessary but I am pretty sure younger audiences will feel a bit confused by what has happened. So, the retired history teacher in me will briefly give an overview that I wish had come when the film began: President Sukarno was the first president of Indonesia He was a strong nationalist who worked to gain independence from the Dutch. As the years passed, his administration forged closer and closer alliances with the left--particularly the communists. However, when Suharto deposed Sukarno in a coup, he ushered in an era of fascist-like repression. Suddenly, murder squads sprung up throughout the country and communists and the Chinese minority were targeted for extermination. During this period (mostly from 1965-7), approximately a million people were murdered--often very brutally.

Now, decades later, filmmakers have come to Indonesia to interview folks who were responsible for some of these murders. And, surprisingly, they find that not only are these folks rather unrepentant, but that the culture of murdering the opposition still thrives. For example, Pancasila Youth is a paramilitary organization much like the Nazi SS and SA. They were the folks behind the murders and today STILL are several million member strong--and they are proud of this. What's worse, the government is strongly aligned with them and the film shows the nation's Vice President talking to them and giving his assent for their violence. While the filmmakers did not get interviews with these higher ups, they did get others responsible for the murders to be interviewed and even recreate the killings for the audience! Oddly, they seemed very cooperative and smiled throughout--as if they were very proud of being mass murderers.

As far as the film goes, it is an amazing portrait of evil--especially since many of these folks look very ordinary. Monsters can have families, friends and even be pillars of society...but they are monsters. This is the great message of the film. And, because of this it is invaluable and worthy of receiving the Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. It is worth seeing.

While I strongly recommend the film as it is brave and outstanding in what it achieved, it also is overlong. And, sadly, while the film shows evil up close, after a while it all becomes rather boring. Shortening it a bit here and there would have made it more poignant. Still, it is a must-see film. With a slight editing, I would have scored this film a 10.

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