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77 Minutes

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.
Charlie Minn
Carlos AmezcuaMaria Aquino
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3.8 out of 5 stars

31 global ratings

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becReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Very interesting but biased
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Terrible tragedy and very graphic to watch (probably should be rated higher). My main problem was the director/interviewer trying to make it seem as though the police acted wrongly. For a start, it is a dreadful scenario to have to deal with and nit picking at lots of incidental issues does not make for a good documentary when you are purporting to be favouring the victims' story rather than the 'shooter'. The interviewer claims to be focusing on the victims (fair enough) because he says that modern documentaries are always about the criminal which he doesn't agree with etc. Then he asks a victim what she would say to the 'shooter' if she could and the answer was 'Why?' which goes to show the exact reason that documentaries often include a lot of focus on the criminal as well as the victims - understanding the 'why'. Given how well made most crime documentaries are made these days, I was disappointed in the production values and quality of the interviewer's approach. He was making out as though the police did nothing, yet when explained to him their reasons for not storming the place etc wouldn't accept them. If the police had taken actions that resulted in more deaths that could be directly linked to something they did do, rather than didn't do, then his documentary would have been all about that! So they would be criticised either way. Very interesting, I had not heard of this massacre before - another reminder that these terrible incidents still happen in the U.S. and nothing is done to prevent them.
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.
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.
lynn RichardsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
The right to live
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Such a sad but eye opening documentary, its heartbreaking to watch so much carnage, very good to see the full carnage at the same time, I'm one of many believers who hope true stories being factual and you can see those facts of what really happened allowing anyone watching this documentary the sad impact of many lives taken and changed forever.

The police, SWAT and those who shielded others from being shot are indeed heroes, yes, they definitely did their upmost best to end the carnage they were faced with, I really believe this. We have to be honest and ask ourselves would we try to get in whilst bullets were being fired in every direction, no we would not, they did what they should of done and thats hold back till a sniper could end this with a clear shot which is what happened, and the shot was very accurately worked and then police, police detectives, fire service and ambulance service could attend to the victim with care and also to act through care for those who passed away and those with terrible injuries and the broken family lives now scattered. Such a sad scene in the eyes of the beholders who were there that sad day and those who watched this documentary. The interviews were sometimes playing the blame game so I put it to the gentleman who was interviewing, would you go in McDonald's, I dare say not, I know you have to do what you have to do during an interview but it was for the interviewer somewhat about the emergency services/first responders not going in quicker, this documentary is the real world and again has said above, would you???
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.
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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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
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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.
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