The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)





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The first of a two-part made for TV movie revolving around the true story of the investigation of a series of child murders that occurred in a black community in Atlanta from 1979 to 1981, this superb docudrama combines outstanding performances with interesting details about the investigative techniques used to try to track down the serial killer who terrorized the city. The film was considered controversial at the time that it was released because of scriptwriter Abby Mann's contention that perhaps Wayne Williams, the accused in the case, was not the guilty party.
Drama , Special Interest
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Finnegan Associates


Morgan Freeman
as Ben Shelter
Rip Torn
as Lewis Slaton
Bill Paxton
as Campbell
James Earl Jones
as Major Walker
Jason Robards
as Alvin Binder
Martin Sheen
as Chet Dettlinger
CCH Pounder
as Venus Taylor
Kristoff St. John
as Sheldon Kemp
Ruby Dee
as Faye Williams
Beau Billingslea
as Commissioner Lee Brown
Andrew Robinson
as Jack Mallard
Steve James
as 1st Policeman
Guy Boyd
as Mike Edwards
Mark Arnold
as David Dingle
Michael Alldredge
as Bobby Tolin
Alley Mills
as Amy Kinnear
Gloria Foster
as Camille Bell
Noble Willingham
as Jerry Armstrong
Lynne Moody
as Selena Cobb
Harold Sylvester
as Hindsman
Gary Graham
as Ken Lawson
Felton Perry
as Reverend Avery
Calvin Levels
as Wayne Williams
Don Hood
as McLean
Christopher Allport
as Larry Peterson
Noel Conlon
as Psychiatrist
Christopher Maher
as Dr. Saleh Zaki
Ernest Harden Jr.
as Cool Breeze
Jim Antonio
as Gilliland
Tina Andrews
as Gwendolyn
Paul Benjamin
as Homer Williams
Erica Yohn
as Ruth
Charles Weldon
as John Bell
John Lafayette
as Young Lawyer
John Wesley
as Tombe Chorro
Royce Wallace
as Margaret Carter
Marilyn Coleman
as Lois Evans
Zero Hubbard
as Patrick
Lisa Blake Richards
as Helen Dettlinger
John Devlin
as Cassidy
Essex Smith
as Robert Henry
John Petlock
as Pathologist
Myrna White
as Robin Shelter
J.W. Smith
as Nathaniel Carter
Barbara Sammeth
as Connie Levine
Veronica Redd
as Sharon Blakely
Henry Sanders
as Judge Clarence Cooper
Percy Rodrigues
as Mayor Jackson
Jack Rader
as Rackleff
John La Fayette
as Young Lawyer
Ken Kimmins
as Broderick
Barbara Iley
as Mary Welcome
Ed Cambridge
as Mr. Cobb
Maurice Sneed
as Roommate
Robert S. Telford
as Polygraph Operator
Olga Talyn
as Mrs. Sack
Ellen Tobie
as Gloria Patterson
Stephen Godwin
as Jerry Heckler
Clarence Floyd III
as J.J. Coleman
Lawrence Lott
as Dr. Sack
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