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All-American Murder (1991)

All American Murder is the story of Artie. He is the new guy on Campus and he only has one thing on his mind, Tally Fuller. Tally is the most popular girl in school, until she is found dead... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... P.J. Decker
Charlie Schlatter ... Artie Logan
Josie Bissett ... Tally Fuller
Joanna Cassidy ... Erica Darby
Richard Kind ... Lou Alonzo
Woody Watson ... Frank Harley
Mitchell Anderson ... Doug Sawyer
Amy Moore Davis Amy Moore Davis ... Wendy Stern (as Amy Davis)
J.C. Quinn ... Harry Forbes
Craig Stout Craig Stout ... Dean Darby
Angie Brown Angie Brown ... Laurie Grant
Tim Green Tim Green ... Judge Logan
Jim Clark Jr. Jim Clark Jr. ... Detective
James Frank Clark James Frank Clark ... Campus Police
Doran Ingram Doran Ingram ... Marco


All American Murder is the story of Artie. He is the new guy on Campus and he only has one thing on his mind, Tally Fuller. Tally is the most popular girl in school, until she is found dead and Artie becomes the prime suspect! Will he be able to clear his name and find the real killer, only time will tell. Written by Graham Wilson Jr <diex@suburbia.net>

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He's about to enter a jungle of sex, sleaze and murder ...he's going to college.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong areas of sensuality, and for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikai gyilkosság See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Did You Know?


Feature directorial debut for actor Anson Williams. See more »


Erica Darby: I may be a liar, a cheat, a drunk, and a tramp... but I've got principles.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


Written and Performed by Gary Griffin (as Gary Thomas Griffin) and Taso Kotsos
Produced by Gary Griffin (as Gary Thomas Griffin) and Ted Mather
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All-American Garbage.
6 July 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Another movie with Christopher "There's a clause in my contract that says I have to be in at least one scene of every movie" Walken where he wastes his talent.

All-American Murder is a pretty pathetic movie, especially the ridiculous ending. I would compare it to 'Blue City,' the Alley Sheedy/Judd Nelson "thriller" about some fast talking cocky kid who wants to avenge his father's death. But, he never stops with his cocky, mouthing off, even in the face of a mafia and corrupt government officials. And his adversaries only react with stupid, empty threats. Where's the action? Where's the suspense?

Like it was in 'Blue City', the main character (Schlatter) and many of those around him react too unbelievably, given the situation they're in, making it one laughable, ridiculous movie.

The story centers on Schlatter, who plays a similar fast-talking, cocky kid, but a well-meaning one. A student a college, he tries to sweet talk one of the sorority girls into going out with him. But, unfortunately, he should've just settled for 'no,' because when he shows up one night, she bombs out of the building and burns to death. And since he was the only one around, he must be the culprit. Well, surely a misunderstanding such as this calls for ample chase scenes, as Schlatter tries to prove his innocence, especially with a cold cop breathing down his neck and giving him a deadline, basically, before he hauls him into jail, his patience wearing thin.

But, neither the killer's identity, nor the motives, nor the finale, are all that interesting, and the end is just plain stupid. At least if the rest of the movie were just simply mediocre (it is actually worse than that), than a strong ending might've saved it. But it didn't. Not at all.

I can see why Schlatter was in this movie. This is basically his schtick--the happy-go-lucky charming guy who tries to get the girl (see 18 Again!), and he's good at it, except this kind of story doesn't call for that kind of character throughout the whole movie. Everybody seems to be too passive in situations that require emergency, making the whole thing seem pretty stupid. Schlatter's good nature humor may've worked if there was anything really going on in the story. But there isn't. And of course, just because Christopher Walken is in a movie, doesn't make it a good movie. Here, he is a good actor in a bad movie.

If it's thrillers you're in the mood for, even cheap ones, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

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