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Raising Jeffrey Dahmer (2006)

Based on the true story of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the events within the family behind, and leading up to his capture.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bo Svenson ... Detective John Amos
Scott Cordes ... Lionel Dahmer
Cathy Barnett Cathy Barnett ... Shari Dahmer
Rusty Sneary Rusty Sneary ... Adult Jeff Dahmer
Luke Adams Luke Adams ... Young Jeff Dahmer / Young Lionel Dahmer
Lucille Louise Lucille Louise ... Baby Jeff Dahmer (as Lucille Louise Scanlon)
Jeannine Hutchings Jeannine Hutchings ... Catherine Dahmer
Frankie Krainz Frankie Krainz ... Victim No. 1 (as Frank Krainz)
Kip Niven ... Attorney Howard Parker
Granvile O'Neal Granvile O'Neal ... Detective
Walter Coppage Walter Coppage ... Judge
Erin McGrane ... Joyce Dahmer
Jeph Scanlon Jeph Scanlon ... Mark Stanton
Kaitlyn Williams ... Little Girl
Kathleen Warfel Kathleen Warfel ... Dr. Price
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Based on the true story of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the events within the family behind, and leading up to his capture.

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Would you still love your son even if he grew up to be Jeffrey Dahmer?

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sorry Dad See more »

Filming Locations:

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Renegade Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1960, 1969, 1973, 1978, 1988 and 1991. See more »

Goofs

The scene where Jeffry's father calls Jeffry's home and the Milwaukee police answer they say the area code is 682 when in actuality 682 is Texas and 414 is Milwaukee. See more »

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Has it's moments, but disappointing overall
26 June 2008 | by whitefangz1See all my reviews

One would assume that a movie named "Raising Jeffrey Dahmer" would deal largely with his childhood. Instead, the movie begins with his arrest and deals largely with the stress of his parents face trying to deal with the media. There are flashbacks to childhood events, but they are short, stylized, and presented out of chronological order. They are more distracting and confusing than they are enlightening. The step-mother is played in a very distant, emotionless manner that makes it impossible to determine what she is going through and difficult to sympathize with her. The father spends most of the film being shown reacting to discoveries and incidents so we do not have an opportunity to get close to him either. His emotional range was too one-dimensional to get a clear picture of who he really is as a person. The movie is somewhat interesting, but it didn't live up to it's potential. I expected to see Jeffrey raised through childhood complete with all the clues and hints about how he might turn out. I expected to see a film that puts us in the place of the parents and allows us to feel the struggle between a parents unconditional love for a child and reconciling the horrible crimes committed by the child. I would have enjoyed this as a straight documentary or as a revealing, emotional docudrama. Instead, the director chose to focus on being artsy. I didn't hate this film, but I was left very disappointed.


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