Into the Abyss ()

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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.


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Himself - Narrator (voice)
Richard Lopez ...
Himself - Death House Chaplin (as The Reverend Richard Lopez)
Michael Perry ...
Himself - Death Row Inmate (as Michael James Perry)
Damon Hall ...
Himself - Montgomery County Sheriff's Department
Lisa Stolter-Balloun ...
Herself - Daughter and Sister to Victims
Charles Richardson ...
Himself - Older Brother of Jeremy
Jason Burkett ...
Himself - Convicted Murderer
Jared Talbert ...
Himself - Citizen of Conroe Texas
Amanda West ...
Herself - Former Bartender
Delbert Burkett ...
Himself - Jason Burkett's Father
Melyssa Thompson-Burkett ...
Herself - Jason Burkett's Wife (as Melyssa Burkett)
Fred Allen ...
Himself - Former Captain pf Death House Team

Directed by

Werner Herzog

Written by

Werner Herzog ... (writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

Randall M. Boyd ... supervising producer: post-production (as Randall Boyd)
Amy Briamonte ... executive producer
Robert Erickson ... coordinating producer
Dave Harding ... executive producer
Sara Kozak ... executive producer: Investigation Discovery
Erik Nelson ... producer
Henry Schleiff ... executive producer: Investigation Discovery
Andre Singer ... executive producer: Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film
Lucki Stipetic ... executive producer: Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film
Werner Herzog ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Mark De Gli Antoni ... (as Mark DeGli Antoni)

Cinematography by

Peter Zeitlinger ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Joe Bini

Editorial Department

Reza Amidi ... digital intermediate conformist
Alex Bushe ... assistant editor
Sheri Eisenberg ... digital intermediate colorist
Michael V. Fernandez ... dcp technical supervisor
Bernie Leinfelder ... post-production coordinator
Gareth Molan ... trailer editor
Jason Saulog ... digital intermediate conformist
Morning Star Schott ... digital intermediate producer
Colin Hatton ... editorial assistant (uncredited)
Mathieu Reid ... color timer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Jeff Duncan ... sound
Randy Foster ... sound
Michael Klinger ... sound mixer: post-production, Tree Falls Post (as Mike Klinger)
Michael Lile ... sound
Al McGuire ... sound
Steve Osmon ... sound
Eric Spitzer ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

Don Friedell ... additional camera (as Don Fridel)
Jerry Hattan ... additional camera
Kevin O'Brien ... additional camera
Dave Roberson ... additional camera
Erik Söllner ... assistant camera (as Erik Soellner)
Jake Wilganowski ... additional camera

Music Department

Peter Beck ... musician: winds
Joe Bini ... music editor
David Byrne ... musician: guitar
Mark De Gli Antoni ... musician: keyboards, percussion (as Mark DeGli Antoni)
Lisa Germano ... musician: violins
Sebastian Steinberg ... musician: guitars, contra bass
Colin Stevens ... musician: instrument design

Other crew

Dylan Avery ... production assistant
Sisi Cronin ... publicist: uk
Bill Hayes ... accountant
Hong La ... accountant
Anna Miralis ... commissioning editor: More 4
Hamish Mykura ... commissioning editor: More 4
Henry Schleiff ... production assistant
Cynthia Shapiro ... business affairs
Olivia Ward ... client services: digital intermediate
Huma Khan ... legal post production (uncredited)
Dieu Pham ... special titles (uncredited)
Marc H. Simon ... legal counsel (uncredited)


Robert C. Bailey ... special thanks (as Bob Bailey)
Maya Hawke ... special thanks
Nick N. Raslan ... special thanks (as Nick Raslan)
Charles Richardson ... dedicatee
Lisa Stolter-Balloun ... dedicatee

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Plot Summary

Into the abyss explores a triple murder which occurred in the small Texas City of Conroe in 2001. Michael Perry and Jason Burkett, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, murdered a middle-aged housewife; they then gunned down her stepson and his friend. The film features Conversations with the two inmates and those affected by their crime. Unlike many of the films that deal with crimes, into the abyss isn't concerned with figuring out exactly what happened, but rather serves as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. Written by Brad

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Also Known As
  • Tod in Texas (Germany)
  • Ned i afgrunden (Denmark)
  • Mesa stin avysso (Greece)
  • Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life
  • Ao Abismo: Um Conto de Morte, um Conto de Vida (Brazil)
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  • 107 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $47,559, 13 Nov 2011

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