Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life


1h 48m 2011

Brief Synopsis

In his examination of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill-and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry, the filmmaker achieves what he describes as "a g

Film Details

Also Known As
Gazing into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life, Into the Abyss, Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Crime
Documentary
Release Date
2011
Production Company
Creative Differences Productions ; ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Distribution Company
MONGREL MEDIA/M+TROPOLE FILMS DISTRIBUTION/SUNDANCE SELECTS; Mongrel Media ; Mongrel Media ; Mpi ; Métropole Films Distribution ; Métropole Films Distribution ; Revolver Entertainment ; Sundance Selects ; Why Not Productions ; Wild Bunch

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

Synopsis

In his examination of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill-and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry, the filmmaker achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." Herzog's inquiries also extend to the other convicted killer, Jason Burkett; his father, also incarcerated; a woman who lost both her mother and brother in the crime; as well as a chaplain and former executioner who've been with death row prisoners as they've taken their final breaths.

Film Details

Also Known As
Gazing into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life, Into the Abyss, Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Crime
Documentary
Release Date
2011
Production Company
Creative Differences Productions ; ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Distribution Company
MONGREL MEDIA/M+TROPOLE FILMS DISTRIBUTION/SUNDANCE SELECTS; Mongrel Media ; Mongrel Media ; Mpi ; Métropole Films Distribution ; Métropole Films Distribution ; Revolver Entertainment ; Sundance Selects ; Why Not Productions ; Wild Bunch

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States Fall November 11, 2011

Released in United States on Video April 10, 2012

Limited Release in United States Fall November 11, 2011

Released in United States on Video April 10, 2012

Released in United States 2011 (the "Show")

Released in United States 2011 (Special Presentation/Docufest)

Released in United States 2011

Released in United States 2011 (Special Screening)