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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.


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Credited cast:
Chuck Riley ... Narrator
Ed Dorris ... Himself (as Sgt. Ed Dorris Ret.)
Thomas Noguchi ... Himself
Sirhan Sirhan ... Himself
Wayne Henley ... Himself
Ed Kemper ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Atkins ... Herself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Kenneth Bianchi ... Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Bittaker ... Himself (archive footage)
James Brady ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Bremer ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Louise Bundy ... Herself - Ted Bundy's Mother (archive footage)
... 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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Warning: This film contains actual coverage of violent events which some people may find distressing See more »


Documentary | Crime


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Release Date:

5 September 1981 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Adeus América  »

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1.33 : 1
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Part of a cycle of shockumentary feature film documentaries which got made after the success of Mondo cane (1962). 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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References Suspiria (1977) See more »


Written by John Lennon
Performed by John Lennon
©1971 Northern Songs Limited
All rights for the U.S.A, Mexico and the Philippines
controlled by Maclen Music Incorporated
Used by permission. All rights reserved
Courtesy of Capital Records, Inc. and EMI Records Limited
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Hard to find, but worth the effort
2 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie was hard to find. reading about it, I read it wasn't ever released in America. I have currently found it as a Region 2 (United Kningdom/Europe) DVD release.

that being said, this is one great documentary. I'm sure it was very shocking to anyone who saw it in 1982, it was shocking to me today. In today's world, the media- television, movies, music etc. There is a lot of violence. There is a lot of glamorization of violence. Some people like violence, some don't. That is not the point.

This documentary deals with murder rate in America. Its not just another documentary covering a few statistics here and there, this has excellent footage. You will hear surprising statistics, you will see serial killers, you will see actual people being shot.

It IS shocking. I have seen so much shocking stuff, that I am numb to a lot now, but this was shocking. I for one, never saw the entire JFK footage. Its on here. The Robert F Kennedy assassination is on here. A few other actual footages, or assassinations and assassination attempts are on here.

Serial killers are covered in depth in this documentary. You see actual footage of notorious killers such as Ted Bundy, and Charles Manson. You hear about others you may have heard of- Charles Whitman, John Wayne Gacy etc.

There were also some serial killers and incidents I never even heard of in this movie. There was one incident where a guy who gives out bank loans was taken hostage and paraded around the city for 3 days in front of the media and everyone. There is another incident where a guy takes over a TV station.

Today we have documentaries such as Bowling for Columbine, or Fahrenheit 911. These are trash. they do not show good legit footage, and the truth and statistics in these documentaries are twisted. I have no reason to believe anything in this Killing of America documentary is false. First of all, the footage is right there. The only thing that would be made up is the statistics, which I doubt.

This documentary is graphic. This documentary is shocking. It is also a great history lesson. You will learn more about killers and incidents you know. If you have not seen this film, and know a lot of the subject, you are still guaranteed to learn something.

I would say this is a must see for anyone interested in shocking real events, or interested in well made documentaries. It will shock you.

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