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James Ellroy's Feast of Death (2001)

A documentary about James Ellroy and his fascination with unsolved murder cases, especially those of his mother, and the similar, infamous, Black Dahlia murder.

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Vikram Jayanti
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James Ellroy ... Himself
Rick Jackson Rick Jackson ... Himself - LAPD Detective, Guest First Feast of Death
Brian M. Carr Brian M. Carr ... Himself - LAPD Detective, Guest First & Second Feast of Death
Mike Berchem Mike Berchem ... Himself - LAPD Detective, Guest First Feast of Death
Eric J. Mosher Eric J. Mosher ... Himself - LAPD Detective, Guest First Feast of Death
Tim Marcia Tim Marcia ... Himself - LAPD Detective, Guest First Feast of Death
David Lambkin David Lambkin ... Himself - LAPD Detective, Guest First Feast of Death
Paul W. Coulter Paul W. Coulter ... Himself - LAPD Detective, Guest First Feast of Death
William Stoner William Stoner ... Himself - L.A. County Sheriff's Department Detective, Guest Second Feast of Death (as Bill Stoner)
Ray Peavy Ray Peavy ... Himself - L.A. County Sheriff's Department Detective, Guest Second Feast of Death
Frank Merriman Frank Merriman ... Himself - L.A. County Sheriff's Department Detective, Guest Second Feast of Death
Rey Verdugo Rey Verdugo ... Himself - L.A. County Sheriff's Department Detective, Guest Second Feast of Death (as Reynold A. Verdugo)
Louis D. Danoff Louis D. Danoff ... Himself - L.A. County Sheriff's Department Detective, Guest Second Feast of Death
Nick Nolte ... Himself - Guest, Second Feast of Death
Larry Harnisch Larry Harnisch ... Himself - Guest, Second Feast of Death
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A documentary about James Ellroy and his fascination with unsolved murder cases, especially those of his mother, and the similar, infamous, Black Dahlia murder.

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UK | USA

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English

Release Date:

6 May 2001 (UK) See more »

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This movie stinks of self-absorption
16 April 2012 | by melissa-harrisSee all my reviews

Perhaps this movie details one man's search for the meaning of death, exploring both his mother's death, as well as few other close-to-home murders, but his likability goes down the drain within 20 minutes of listening to his ego-stroking. On many occasions, James Ellroy comes off sounding like a sex-offender as well as mentally unstable.

Dispute his 'profane' and 'politically incorrect' language, which i excuse as artistic expression, the man really does not have anything worth saying. I found myself scrounging for any kind of meaningful consequence i could tear from this film, but found none.

It is my belief that this movie would be wildly popular with the type of cult following the documentary shows at various book signings and public appearances. Never having read his literature, i cannot comment on the nature of his books (perhaps they are excellent!), but i may suggest that this film is not worth watching unless you hold the man in as much esteem as he seems to hold himself in.


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