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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Drama | 10 June 1996 (USA)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Tony Brooks Tony Brooks ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Diana Davis Diana Davis ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Terry Wood Terry Wood ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Dick Clay Dick Clay ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Jenna Newton Jenna Newton ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Gary Gitchell Gary Gitchell ... Self
Tommy Stacy Tommy Stacy ... Self (as Rev. Tommy Stacy)
Melissa Byers Melissa Byers ... Self
Todd Moore Todd Moore ... Self
Dana Moore Dana Moore ... Self
Pam Hobbs ... Self
Jessie Misskelley Sr. Jessie Misskelley Sr. ... Self
Gail Grinnell Gail Grinnell ... Self
Joe Hutchinson Joe Hutchinson ... Self
John Mark Byers ... Self
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Berlinger and Sinofsky's documentary of a gruesome triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas and the subsequent trials of three suspects, takes a hard look at both the occult and the American justice system in 'small-town' America. Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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It's frightening to think they did it. It's terrifying to think they didn't.


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Trivia

In an intermission from Jessie's court case (around the 48 minute mark) some footage of the locale is shown. One of them is of a sign for the Parkview Motel, which offers HBO cable. HBO produced the documentary. See more »

Goofs

Damien reads this Shakespearean quote while on trial: "Life's but a walking shadow...full of sound and fury signifying nothing." He incorrectly refers to it as being from A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is fact a soliloquy famously from Macbeth. See more »

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Herself - Branch's Grandmother: When I was down at the courtroom and Damien walked past me, I wanted to just go over there and take my hand and just claw down his face, inflict any kind of pain that I could inflict on him.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1996 (1997) See more »

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The Call of Ktulu
By Metallica
Written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, and Dave Mustaine
Produced by Metallica (uncredited)
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Raises good questions, leaves others unasked.
11 May 1999 | by ChrissieSee all my reviews

This film left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Not that it was gruesome -- it is, but I've done research involving reading coroner reports, so gruesome I can cope with. It was the unanswered questions and the unasked questions.

It seems so utterly implausible that a jury could have convicted any of the suspects that I wonder what the filmmakers did not show us. Specifically, I wonder about the fiber evidence, which was the only real physical evidence at all.

I could only rate this documentary a 7 out of 10 because of the unasked questions and the evidence we were not shown. I would like to have come away from watching Paradise Lost with a clearer understanding of what those jurors heard and saw that led them to their verdicts. Mind you, I don't think those boys did it -- I think that even fiber evidence could have been too flimsy to convict them. But I wish I had been left convinced.


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10 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

America Undercover: Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Woods See more »

Filming Locations:

West Memphis, Arkansas, USA

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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1.37 : 1
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