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The Killing of America (1981)

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A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more.


Sheldon Renan, Leonard Schrader (uncredited)



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Chuck Riley Chuck Riley ... Narrator
Ed Dorris Ed Dorris ... Himself (as Sgt. Ed Dorris Ret.)
Thomas Noguchi Thomas Noguchi ... Himself
Sirhan Sirhan Sirhan Sirhan ... Himself
Wayne Henley Wayne Henley ... Himself
Ed Kemper Ed Kemper ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Atkins Susan Atkins ... Herself (archive footage)
David Berkowitz ... Himself (archive footage)
Kenneth Bianchi Kenneth Bianchi ... Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Bittaker Lawrence Bittaker ... Himself (archive footage)
James Brady James Brady ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Bremer Arthur Bremer ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Brown Sam Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Louise Bundy Louise Bundy ... Herself - Ted Bundy's Mother (archive footage)
Ted Bundy ... Himself (archive footage)


A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more.

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A stunning eye-witness experience of the growth of violence in the United States See more »


Documentary | Crime


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USA | Japan



Release Date:

5 September 1981 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Adeus América See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reportedly, under pressure from the film's Japanese financiers to finish off the film's ending on a more positive note due to the documentary's high negativity content of documented real-life crime and murder, Leonard Schrader inserted footage related to peace vigils that were held to commemorate the late John Lennon of The Beatles. See more »


[last lines]
Narrator: While you watched this movie, five of us were murdered. One was the random killing of a stranger.
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese version of this film runs 116 minutes long. It's called "Violence U.S.A." and is narrated in Japanese. Among the additional things featured in the Japanese version are shots of the Grand Canyon, footage of people surfing, skiing, and playing with Frisbees, and a long tribute to John Lennon. See more »


References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


For What It's Worth
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
©1966 Cotillon Music, Inc
Ten East Music Springalo Toones
Used by permission. All rights reserved
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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5 January 2006 | by haildevilmanSee all my reviews

I have the Japanese video. The narration was all in Japanese while all the footage was subtitled. Good thing because I heard the English narrator drove people crazy with his long pauses.

America from 1960-1980. Showing everything from police standoffs to assassinations to serial killer trials. Nothing is left out. You suddenly realize a lot more was filmed than they would let you see on the news.The street scenes of L.A. were interesting but the morgue & autopsy scenes were a bit much.

Personal favorite scenes? James Hoskins in Cinncinati and Anthony Kiritsis in Indiannapolis. Kiritsis definitely has a commanding presence.

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