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Cropsey (2009)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Zeman ... Himself
Barbara Brancaccio Barbara Brancaccio ... Herself
Bill Ellis Bill Ellis ... Himself - Professor of Folklore, Penn State (as Dr. Bill Ellis)
Dorothy D'Eletto Dorothy D'Eletto ... Herself - Archivist & Researcher
Geraldo Rivera ... Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Karen Schweiger Karen Schweiger ... Herself - Jennifer Schweiger's Mother
David Navarro David Navarro ... Himself - Former Newscaster
Donna Cutugno Donna Cutugno ... Herself - Founder, Friends of Jennifer
Ralph Aquino Ralph Aquino ... Himself - Retired Detective, NYPD
Bobby Jensen Bobby Jensen ... Himself - Retired Detective, NYPD
Ernie Anastos Ernie Anastos ... Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Andre Rand Andre Rand ... Himself - Suspect
Jim Callaghan Jim Callaghan ... Himself - Former Editor, Staten Island Eagle
Jim Dolan Jim Dolan ... Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Theresa Doyle Theresa Doyle ... Herself - 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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What if your urban legends were real? See more »


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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bauk See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,305, 6 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,476
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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Unexpectedly Interesting and Thoughtful
19 October 2012 | by looieSee all my reviews

Cropsey is a well-produced and well-written story of some missing children on Staten Island, centered around the story of the man who might have kidnapped and murdered them.

The filmmakers tracked down and interviewed dozens of people connected with the stories of the girls, of "Cropsey," and of the taciturn man at the center of the case. Although there are the usual talking head scenes, the film also includes much atmospheric and thematic footage of the area in Staten Island where the activities took place that they are probing.

There are plenty of oddities in the legal and moral cases presented and discussed. The timeline extends more than 30 years. I found the film disquieting both because the central characters seemed to be less than innocent but at the same time, the film makes clear that the circumstances being explored are themselves foggy. Good film, subtly highlighting the difficulties of justice and the pain of not knowing.


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