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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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Credited cast:
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 brutal study of violence in the U.S.A. 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?


The film is "among the most controversial documentaries in the history of cinema" according to Simon Laperrière at the Fantasia Festival website. 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 . See more »


Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) 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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Lots of violent footage
24 March 2015 | by osborneadamSee all my reviews

This documentary is about violence in America up to 1981. It was intended for a Japanese audience. There's lots of violent footage, some not readily seen anywhere else. If that's what you're looking for this is a good movie for you. But it doesn't really make a statement other than America might be more violet in 1981 than ever before. I say might because we're not sure why or by how much. There are some messed up people out there. That's what this shows you, example after example...over and over and over again. Newspaper coverage used to be as graphic as this movie. In the 1950's newspapers often included gruesome pictures of mangled injuries from auto accidents. Generally, 90% of the population are well-meaning. The other 10% are ill-intentioned or desperate enough to commit horrible things. This movie is about those 10%.

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