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The Act of Killing (2012)

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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors:

Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous (co-director) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 53 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anwar Congo ... Self - Executioner in 1965
Herman Koto ... Self - Gangster and Paramilitary Leader
Syamsul Arifin Syamsul Arifin ... Self - Governor of North Sumatra
Ibrahim Sinik Ibrahim Sinik ... Self - Newspaper Publisher
Yapto Soerjosoemarno ... Self - Leader of Pancasila Youth
Safit Pardede Safit Pardede ... Self - Local Paramilitary Leader
Jusuf Kalla ... Self - Vice President of Indonesia
Adi Zulkadry ... Self - Fellow Executioner in 1965
Soaduon Siregar Soaduon Siregar ... Self - Journalist
Suryono ... Self - Anwar's Neighbor
Haji Marzuki Haji Marzuki ... Self - Member of North Sumatra Parliament (as Marzuki)
Haji Anif ... Self - Paramilitary Leader and Businessman
Rahmat Shah Rahmat Shah ... Self - Member of Parliament
Sakhyan Asmara Sakhyan Asmara ... Self - Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

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One of the year's most terrifying true stories. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Indonesian death-squad members shown in the film - who actually re-create real murders they committed almost 50 years ago - were paid a 'modest per diem' for their dramatic efforts. See more »

Quotes

Anwar Congo: Why do people watch James Bond? To see action. Why do people watch films about Nazis? To see power and sadism! We can do that! We can make something even more sadistic than... more sadistic than what you see in movies about Nazis. Sure I can. Because there's never been a movie where heads get chopped off - except in fiction, but that's different - because I did it in real life!
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Crazy Credits

The name "Anonymous" appears 49 times under 27 different crew positions in the credits. This was done to protect the identities of those crew members who feared retribution from the former Indonesian death squad leaders. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 115-minute version is generally the theatrical version. It was presented at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. The 159-minute version competed at the CPH:DOX festival and won its main award. It is also the main version being released in Indonesia. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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Nonton Bioskop
Composer: Benjamin Sueb
Courtesy of Biem T. Benjamin
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Absolutely astounding
25 May 2013 | by zelena33See all my reviews

Watching this film should be mandatory for every man, woman, and child in the world.

I would leave it at that but IMDb has a minimum of 10 lines of text to prove you "mean business" with your review.

This film was utterly astounding in every sense, most importantly in the way it just lets a strange, inexplicable, simple truth emerge on its own. It is not a film that makes you feel better about the world or yourself, but rather one that makes you remember, oh yes, all this is real, and it really matters.

Without providing a spoiler, the final scene also underscores why documentaries are made, and the very real, very important things that utterly cannot be faked with all the acting, special effects, and make up in the world. That life is real.

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I wanted to make one other note to my initial impression, since this film remains my favorite film of the year and possible of a several- year. It is worth highlighting the fact that Mr Oppenheimer spent a good eight or ten years of his life making this film, spending his life in Indonesia with a camcorder and progressively greater levels of logistical and technical help (from what has been made public about the film). Films like this don't get made in a year. Not at all.

It is worth reflecting on the connection between the time you invest in something, and what you get out of it. You get the same impression when you read, for example, one of the major novels of a couple centuries ago, but it is rare to see artistic works this big made anymore. War and Peace wasn't made in a year either. I somewhat feel for Mr Oppenheimer and the expectations that will precede his next work, whatever it is. Nothing like this will get made in the next two or three years, and that makes me the more grateful for this work.


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Country:

UK | Denmark | Norway

Language:

Indonesian | English

Release Date:

8 November 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Medan, Indonesia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,450, 21 July 2013

Gross USA:

$486,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$726,324
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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