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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.


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