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With haunting, real-life 911 calls as its through-line, Murder Calls is true-crime storytelling taken to a new level. Each episode pivots on the contents and subtext of 911 calls, which investigators must decipher to uncover the truth.
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A woman calls 911, saying she's found her son unconscious in his home. When police arrive, they realize he's dead: his hands are bound and he's been strangled. At first it seems like a ...


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Series cast summary:
Daniel Luce Daniel Luce ...  911 Dispatcher / ... 3 episodes, 2017-2018
Tommy Campbell ...  Airline Passenger / ... 3 episodes, 2018
Wendy Bowerman ...  911 Operator / ... 2 episodes, 2017-2018
Betty Krachey Betty Krachey ...  Bystander / ... 2 episodes, 2017-2018
Kacy Tiller Kacy Tiller ...  911 Operator / ... 2 episodes, 2017-2018
Walter James Billingham II Walter James Billingham II ...  Movie Goer / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Randy Capes ...  Detective Judy / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Rhonda Clark ...  Annoinette Chase / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Alexandria Givens Alexandria Givens ...  Ashley Rufino 2 episodes, 2017
Cedric Greenway ...  Detective Snipes / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Neftali Hernandez ...  Alberto 2 episodes, 2017
Joseph Levine ...  Francisco / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Rob Muller Rob Muller ...  Det. Ben Brown / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Scot Reddy Scot Reddy ...  Jayson Hill 2 episodes, 2017
Christopher Rogers Christopher Rogers ...  Coroner / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Aria Seymore Aria Seymore ...  Young Monique 2 episodes, 2017
James Arthur Williams ...  911 Operator / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Kristin Cochell ...  Rebecca Sharp 2 episodes, 2018
Amanda Deljou ...  Elizabeth / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Amy Gordon ...  Ann Stout / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Airica Kraehmer ...  Hot Bar Girl Katie / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Kimberli Lincoln Kimberli Lincoln ...  Rosie Bennet / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Meghan Perry ...  Charleen Gonzalez 2 episodes, 2018
David Schifter ...  Detective Winkler 2 episodes, 2018
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With haunting, real-life 911 calls as its through-line, Murder Calls is true-crime storytelling taken to a new level. Each episode pivots on the contents and subtext of 911 calls, which investigators must decipher to uncover the truth.

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1 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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911 - Quando a Morte Chama See more »

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Exploitative Reenactment Crime
22 February 2017 | by mrdoyleSee all my reviews

To hear it said by former Detecetive Joe Kenda (the laconic star of ID's standout Homicide Hunter) reenactment crime is going through the roof in popularity. Judging by the number of programs hitting the 'airwaves' he's right - there are so many cropping up that each new production has to hang its hat on a new conceit or premise in order to stand out from the pack.

In the case of Murder Calls, it's...you guessed it - 911 calls. Each episode starts with a warning that you're about to hear graphic material and that 'viewer discretion is advised' before a 911 call featuring someone in agony is played and they get down to the usual business of inter-cutting interview footage of law enforcement & related characters with poorly rehearsed (though often beautifully lit) scenes of the drama that led up to the 911 caller's demise.

Murder Calls suffers from the same major flaw as its competitors in the genre - it's totally exploitative and made for titillation, more like a scary bedtime story than an insight into the crime itself. Even the graphic warning at the top of the show comes across as more of a tease than an actual warning.

Worst of all, because the producers have painted themselves into a corner by using an emergency call as the hook, they feel obliged to play it over and over again, in sequence, out of sequence, disingenuously re-edited and, most disturbingly, with a variety of sound effects to heighten the 'spookiness'.

In the age of hastily packaged real crime, whether it be reenactment or procedural or a mix of both, there is still room for quality on a budget. The aforementioned Homicide Hunter is proof of that. But Murder Call fails because they have fallen prey to the terrible idea that as long as the audience is happy, the victims don't matter.


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