The Atlanta Child Murders


2h 1985

Brief Synopsis

A network cause-celebre on its initial showing because of presumed "liberties" taken with the facts, this five-hour, two-part docudrama was based on the highly charged Wayne Williams case in Atlanta, Georgia -- he was a self-styled black music promoter who was convicted in 1982 of the murder of two

Film Details

Also Known As
Atlanta Child Murders
Release Date
1985

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

A network cause-celebre on its initial showing because of presumed "liberties" taken with the facts, this five-hour, two-part docudrama was based on the highly charged Wayne Williams case in Atlanta, Georgia -- he was a self-styled black music promoter who was convicted in 1982 of the murder of two adults following a pattern of child killings in Atlanta's black community between 1979 and 1981. Both Rip Torn and Martin Sheen won Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actor (Sheen refused his nomination as he had for "That Certain Summer" a dozen years before) for their performances as, respectively, the politically ambitious district attorney and the former cop who had resigned from the force and went on to aid the victims' families. An Emmy nomination also went to the film's hairstylist.

Film Details

Also Known As
Atlanta Child Murders
Release Date
1985

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

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Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States February 10, 1985

Aired in United States February 12, 1985

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