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77 Minutes

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1 h 38 min201613+
In 1984, an armed man walked into a McDonald's restaurant in San Diego and shot 41 people in a devastating act of mass violence-- the deadliest shooting spree America had yet seen. This documentary focuses on the victims of the attack and the effects on community in the aftermath of sudden catastrophe.
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Charlie Minn
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Carlos AmezcuaMaria Aquino
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3.7 out of 5 stars

26 global ratings

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EDReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shocking but powerful documentary
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A very powerful shocking documentary. This was very thought provoking- and completely focuses on the victims and what happened that day- rather than glorifying the shooter- who isn’t even named throughout. The interviewer can be a little pushy at times and seems very keen to blame the police for the length of time it took to kill the shooter- but having watched the documentary and heard from the police- I can say that personally I feel they did the best they could do on a very awful day- a day in 1984 before mobile phones and the technology we have today- so sometimes his questioning can feel a bit too much to listen to.
Please note that this documentary is not for the faint hearted. There is very graphic footage of all of the dead bodies inside the restaurant- some of which you see several times- including 4 young children, a pregnant woman and a baby. Please do not watch if this will be too much for you to cope with- as once you have seen the bodies- you cannot un- see them. The baby’s body was particularly distressing for me- and I feel others should be warned before watching this. Having said this- this was not done in an insensitive manner- and I think it did add to telling the story- and showing exactly how terrible the event was.
PixieFaceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
This should definetly NOT be 13+ GRAPHIC
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This is an interesting documentary on the James Huberty shooting but it should absolutely not be rated as 13+.I'm very into true crime and have seen my fair share of deceased people in films etc but this, particularly the visuals of dead children would be distressing for an adult let alone a 13 year old!
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Francis.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This should be rated 18
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This is a very shocking and thought provoking documentary. This focuses on the victims and what happened that day, it doesn't glorify the shooter who isn’t named throughout, although you may notice the name on the newspaper shots. Carlos Amezcua, a TV journalist recounts an interview with the shooters wife which gives some context about the shooters state of mind. The documentary interviewer doesn't hold back on his questions considering the length of time it took to kill the shooter. But having watched the documentary and heard from the police I can say that personally I feel they did the best they could do on a horrific day, a shooter with powerful weapons in close proximity to people.
Please note that this documentary is not for the faint hearted. There is very graphic footage of all of the dead bodies inside the restaurant, some of which you see several times, including young children and a baby. Please do not watch if this will be too much for you to cope with, as once you have seen the bodies, you cannot forget them.
N. CheesemanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tragic, graphic, too graphic, poor taste for victims families, bad interviewing techniques.
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This documentary really shouldnt have been shown, the scenes & images are far to graphic & in very poor taste for the poor victims & their families.
Its like the interviewer and documentary maker is purposely going for the police as if its their fault when their wasnt much else they could have done & at times it was far to graphic!
Why show footage of dead babies, children and graphic dead bodies just for views is terrible.
It was 1984 and at the time in the circumstances i think the police did all they could, its just unfortunate that some nut decided he was going to do what he did.
Iv watched alot of crime docs but this was by far miles to much, distasteful, graphic in poor sense and bad interviewing.
MelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 December 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
If you chose to watch do so with care
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Honestly one of the worst documentaries I've started (I didn't finish it) to watch. It revolves around a mass shooting in the US but with none/little context of why it happened (you'll get that from Wiki) and no lessons to be gained.
The director/interviewer is very irresponsible and on occasion just stupid in his questioning and has a firm stance that this was law enforcement who got it wrong. I am actually surprised most agreed to take part.
If all that isnt bad enough the content has no warning, is a 13 and contains many scenes of the victims, people of all ages and some very close up. To say its bad taste is too kind. Please do yourself a favour, read the webpages, wiki etc if you want to know about it but please don't watch this or let your kids....
NicolaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shocking
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This documentary focuses on the victims and the horror they went through. Real crime scene video and photos are shown throughout so discretion is advised.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Eye opening but interviewer is ridiculous
Great documentary. Very moving and eye-opening. Graphic but realistic.

The interviewer however, I feel his questions are stupid. "Do you feel you got away with something that day?".

Hes a clown, what a stupid little man trying to make something out of himself by bringing down and complelty critiquing the polices every move.

We are talking 40 years ago, when procedurs, technology everything was different. He's made himself look like a fool and I hope he never gets another op to record such a catastrophic event.
CraigReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 November 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is not 13+ documentary
For one I don't think you should of shown actual footage!!!
And are you for real this documentary is for 13+ absolutely not 13+ at all this would scare kids for life. There's adults on the video saying how they wish they never saw it and you say 13+ personally it shouldn't been shown at all!!!!! I wish I could leave less than 1 star!!!
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