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77 Minutes (2016)

77 Minutes is a documentary by Charlie Minn about the McDonalds Massacre from 1984, when a man walked into a McDonald's restaurant in San Diego armed with guns and shot 40 men, women, and ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Carlos Amezcua Carlos Amezcua ... Himself - Journalist
Maria Aquino Maria Aquino ... Herself - Victim
Max Branscomb Max Branscomb ... Himself - College Professor
Richard Carlson Richard Carlson ... Himself - Responding officer
Joshua Coleman Joshua Coleman ... Himself - Victim
Gene Cubbison Gene Cubbison ... Himself - Journalist
Doug Curlee Doug Curlee ... Himself - Journalist
Karlita Felix Karlita Felix ... Herself - Victim
Karen Field Karen Field ... Herself - Teacher of young victims
Wendy Flanagan Wendy Flanagan ... Herself - Victim
Maricela Flores Maricela Flores ... Herself - Victim
Memo Flores Memo Flores ... Himself - Victim
Charles Foster Charles Foster ... Himself - SDPD Sniper
Fernando Hernandez Fernando Hernandez ... Himself - Victim
Fuet Jazil Fuet Jazil ... Himself - Victim


77 Minutes is a documentary by Charlie Minn about the McDonalds Massacre from 1984, when a man walked into a McDonald's restaurant in San Diego armed with guns and shot 40 men, women, and children. It took law enforcement 77 minutes to end the siege. This documentary focuses on the victims of the attack and its effects. Written by lexy lopez

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On July 18, 1984, a coward walked into a restaurant in San Ysidro, CA and committed one of the worst mass shootings in history.





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23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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San Diego, California, USA

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Completely disagree with the approach of the Director
2 October 2018 | by Jg0848See all my reviews

If you didn't know who Charlie Minn was before this documentary, trust me he'll make sure you won't forget. The guy inserts himself in almost every interview and it comes off as a desperate egocentric way of saying "Remember I'm the director! Don't forget who I am!" You'll hear testimony from victims & responders & then out of nowhere for no reason at all, Charlie Minn will insert himself into the film just to make sure you remember who he is.

If you aren't familiar with the tragedy that occurred in 1984 then you might find the 1st half engaging, to his credit, Charlie Minn does do fairly well showing the perspectives of victims & 1st responders and balancing it out with pictures & news report stock footage. Where the film falls flat is with Charlie Minn's journalistic approach, Charlie Minn doesn't come off as a level headed documentarian but a biased news reporter.

One of the biggest issues I have with this film is that it has an over reliance of stock footage from the crime scene and it's not just shown for a few seconds it's shown throughout the film and it's beyond disturbing to watch. You see the bodies of men, women & children & even a baby. It's clear Charlie Minn is trying to use shock value to get the audience more engaged into the tragedy but it's completely unnecessary, we know this is a horrible event and we don't need to be shown the corpses of the poor victims every 30 seconds.

Another issue I have is Charlie Minn's approach to directing, as a filmmaker myself I know that documentaries shouldn't be biased and try to keep everything neutral that way the audience comes to their own conclusions. Charlie Minn tells the audience how they should feel, he wants you to be mad at the police and blame them for so many lives lost.

It's clear from his questions & answers what his goal is. He's trying to point a finger to blame and he focuses a lot of his blame on the police for taking so long to take the shooter down. I understand he thinks the police should have acted much faster but it's clear from his answers to first responders at the time that he's very naive and ignorant to the protocol and orders of law enforcement. Mr Minn needs to keep in mind that this took place in 1984, a time when mass shootings were not very common, he also has to take into account how the shooting effected the community and how it is today, has there been any other mass shootings in this city? Is crime in this city an issue? Do citizens feel unsafe still? Are citizens content with the way police do their job today? These are questions left unanswered that I wish the documentary went more into depth with. One of the first responders says he had a chance to take out the shooter at one point but didn't because he didn't know the circumstances of the situation, he didn't know whether or not the shooter had an accomplice and the shot he would have taken would have gone through a glass door which means there was a high chance it would have ricocheted off and missed. Personally I think the officer's reasons are valid and completely understandable, but Mr Minn makes it clear he thinks he should have taken the shot when he says "A bullet's a bullet". That response alone tells you everything you need to know about Charlie Minn's naiveness.

In conclusion I would have to say this tragedy deserves better, the film is mostly just a recap of events. Aside from the victims & first responders perspectives, there's really not much else the film adds, it doesn't even have much follow up with the victims, it's just having them relive that horrible day & a couple of sentences of what they're doing today. Charlie Minn may have had good intentions but his "style" and ego get in the way of maintaining a balanced and neutral documentary. Whether you agree with his views or not, it still comes off as unprofessional and biased. That's not what documentary filmmaking is.

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