The Act of Killing Movie

A story of killers who win, and the society they build.

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Who's Involved:

Werner Herzog, Joshua Oppenheimer, Errol Morris

Release Date:

Friday, July 19, 2013 (Limited)

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 1 hr, 55 m

Plot: What's the story about?

This chilling and inventive documentary examines a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love.

When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends went from selling movie tickets on the black market to leading anti-communist death squads in the mass murder of over a million people. Anwar boasts of killing hundreds with his own hands, but he's lived in his country with impunity ever since. When approached to make a film about their role in the genocide, Anwar and his friends eagerly comply-but their idea of being in a movie is not to provide reflective testimony, but to dance their way through musical numbers, twist arms in film noir gangster scenes, and gallop across the prairies as yodeling cowboys.

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Filming Timeline

On or about May 3, 2013, the film was in Completed status.

The Act of Killing Release Date: When was it released?

The Act of Killing was released in 2013 on Friday, July 19, 2013 (Limited release). There were 10 other movies released on the same date, including R.I.P.D., Girl Most Likely and The Conjuring.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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