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The Killing of America (1981)

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A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more.


Sheldon Renan, Leonard Schrader (uncredited)



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Credited cast:
Chuck Riley Chuck Riley ... Narrator
Ed Dorris Ed Dorris ... Himself (as Sgt. Ed Dorris Ret.)
Thomas Noguchi ... Himself
Sirhan Sirhan ... Himself
Wayne Henley Wayne Henley ... Himself
Ed Kemper ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Atkins ... Herself (archive footage)
David Berkowitz ... Himself (archive footage)
Kenneth Bianchi ... Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Bittaker ... Himself (archive footage)
James Brady James Brady ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Bremer Arthur Bremer ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Brown Sam Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Louise Bundy ... Herself - Ted Bundy's Mother (archive footage)
Ted Bundy ... Himself (archive footage)


A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more.

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The film the American authorities didn't want you to see! See more »


Documentary | Crime


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USA | Japan



Release Date:

5 September 1981 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Adeus América See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Director Sheldon Renan originally wanted to open this film with shots of the Grand Canyon. See more »


[last lines]
Narrator: While you watched this movie, five of us were murdered. One was the random killing of a stranger.
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese version of this film runs 116 minutes long. It's called "Violence U.S.A." and is narrated in Japanese. Among the additional things featured in the Japanese version are shots of the Grand Canyon, footage of people surfing, skiing, and playing with Frisbees, and a long tribute to John Lennon. See more »


References The Hottest Show in Town (1974) See more »


Give Peace A Chance
Written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Performed by John Lennon
©1969 Northern Songs Limited
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Well Made Documentary
18 November 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Killing of America (1981)

*** (out of 4)

This documentary highlights the violent culture that has overtaken America. Throughout the running time we see a number of stories dealing with mass murderers, sexual assaults, sniper attacks and various other crimes. Narrator Chuck Riley talks about everything from political assassinations (the Kennedy's) to Jonestown to the Manson murders. Throughout the film we see how America is slowly becoming undone due to violence.

THE KILLING OF America was released in American theaters for a couple weeks before it pretty much disappeared from this country. The film was made for the Japan market where it was a huge hit and it was also released there in a much longer version with even more stories. As it stands, the film remains a fairly well-made look at a violent culture and unlike the FACES OF DEATH series, this film here takes real footage to show what violence is doing.

This film certainly has a message to get across. A lot of the blame is put on the fact that it's very easy to get a gun and we see what happens when madmen get their hands on an easy weapon. There's some interview footage with some of the mass murderers that are show (including Robert Kennedy's murderer) and we also see some trial footage to Ted Bundy. The John Lennon murder is looked at as are the stories of John Wayne Gacy, John Hinckley and Jim Jones among others.

The FACES OF DEATH series was pure exploitation to the cheapest level. I wouldn't call this film exploitation since it's main goal was to obviously scare people into hoping for better laws to protect people. The film manages to be entertaining as long as you can put up with the violence of the story.

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