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Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Horror | 25 April 2009 (USA)
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Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

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Joshua Zeman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Zeman ... Self
Barbara Brancaccio Barbara Brancaccio ... Self
Bill Ellis Bill Ellis ... Self - Professor of Folklore, Penn State (as Dr. Bill Ellis)
Dorothy D'Eletto Dorothy D'Eletto ... Self - Archivist & Researcher
Geraldo Rivera ... Self - Reporter (archive footage)
Karen Schweiger Karen Schweiger ... Self - Jennifer Schweiger's Mother
David Navarro David Navarro ... Self - Former Newscaster
Donna Cutugno Donna Cutugno ... Self - Founder, Friends of Jennifer
Ralph Aquino Ralph Aquino ... Self - Retired Detective, NYPD
Bobby Jensen Bobby Jensen ... Self - Retired Detective, NYPD
Ernie Anastos Ernie Anastos ... Self - Reporter (archive footage)
Andre Rand Andre Rand ... Self - Suspect
Jim Callaghan Jim Callaghan ... Self - Former Editor, Staten Island Eagle
Jim Dolan Jim Dolan ... Self - Reporter (archive footage)
Theresa Doyle Theresa Doyle ... Self - Searcher for Jennifer
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Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

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Not Rated

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Was awarded Hammer to Nail's Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at 2009's Tribeca Film Festival. See more »

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Barbara Brancaccio: [looking at pictures of Willowbrook State School] Willowbrook was strictly for the mentally ill?
Dorothy D'Eletto - Archivist & Researcher: Yes.
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References Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) See more »

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Frustrating movie that highlights how different people were 30 years ago.
29 March 2012 | by valleyjohnSee all my reviews

Cropsey was said to be a a mythical monster / man that lived on Staten Island , New York who supposedly kidnapped and killed children. The one big problem with this monster is that he was not so mythical, in fact he was very real and he goes by the name of Andre Rand.

I don't know what it is about the 1970's but people seemed to be incredible slow and somewhat naive. On Staten Island children went missing over a long period of time but nobody seemed that bothers , including the police. Parents still let there kids out and they still went missing . People were odd and especially in America or were they?

The one thing Cropsey shows is that people had a completely different mindset back then and that's the overriding impression this film gives me.

On Staten Island there used to be an horrific mental institute. One of which you only see in horror films. There is original footage of how the kids housed in this hospital were treated and it's very , very disturbing.

The film makers try to get to the bottom of who killed these kids by interviewing family and witnesses but none seem that credible. You start to believe that there has been a miscarriage of justice with Andre Rand but despite the lack of evidence , he and his lawyers do themselves no favours.

Ultimately this is a frustrating film because unlike the Paradise Lost documentaries this answers very little.


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$6,306, 6 June 2010

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$52,476

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