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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Brooks Tony Brooks ... Himself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Diana Davis Diana Davis ... Herself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Terry Wood Terry Wood ... Himself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Dick Clay Dick Clay ... Himself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Jenna Newton Jenna Newton ... Herself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Gary Gitchell Gary Gitchell ... Himself
Tommy Stacy Tommy Stacy ... Himself (as Rev. Tommy Stacy)
Melissa Byers Melissa Byers ... Herself
Todd Moore Todd Moore ... Himself
Dana Moore Dana Moore ... Herself
Pam Hobbs ... Herself
Jessie Misskelley Sr. Jessie Misskelley Sr. ... Himself
Gail Grinnell Gail Grinnell ... Herself
Joe Hutchinson Joe Hutchinson ... Himself
John Mark Byers ... Himself
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

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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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was #7 on Gene Siskel's list of the Best Films of 1994. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Male Interviewer: Do you blame yourself for this?
Pam Hobbs: I have, I've been on a guilt trip for it, but I know it wasn't my fault. I was at work.
Male Interviewer: Have you considered joining Stevie? Have you considered suicide?
Pam Hobbs: Suicide? No, I've felt like dying, but not suicide.
Male Interviewer: Do you believe that those who did this were worshiping...
Pam Hobbs: Satan? Yes, I do. Just look at the freaks. I mean, just look at them. They look like punks.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1996 (1997) See more »

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Orion
By Metallica
Written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, and Kirk Hammett
Produced by Flemming Rasmussen (uncredited) with Metallica (uncredited)
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Haunting
2 September 2000 | by ThaleiaSee all my reviews

Absolutely haunting. This chilling account of murder and the search for justice will leave you open-mouthed and shocked for the tale is not a pretty one. Three eight year old boys are brutally slain (and there is graphic footage so this is not for the faint of heart), but the focus of the story is upon the three teenagers of this Arkansas town who are put on trial for the killings. And as the film unfolds you begin to wonder if the boys are truly guilty of this heinous crime or are being persecuted for being different in a town that locks different away. In the end, you are your own jury in determining the guilt of these black-wearing, Metallica-listening boys who didn't quite fit in. If you can stomach the upsetting scenes and the entire idea (which I admit put me off for a long time) you will find the film completely consuming. Unable to tear your eyes from the screen, the story and the boys who lived it will stay with you forever. Simply incredible.


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