movie review

DEAD MANS LINE (2018)

DEAD MAN’S LINE (2018)

Directed By: Alan Berry

Viewed on Prime-Good transfer

Dead Man

“I’m a 44-year-old man.

I’ve never been drunk.

I’ve never been married. 

I’ve never been engaged. 

I’ve never gone steady.

I forsook marriage because I had a lot of responsibilities.

FUCK THESE PEOPLE!

They played God! And Lost!!”

I dig the way this documentary was put together.  Most of it is footage that was used (and some not used) from local TV and radio.  As you watch the film its almost as though you are seeing things happen in real time due to the incredible amount of film that was shot during this ordeal.  The footage mostly is able to tell a lot of the story on its own, allowing it to layout before you.  

This is a mostly unknown story about the very strange 1977 hostage taking of a mortgage president (Dick Hall) in Indianapolis Indiana.  Tony Kiritsis was an angry 44 year old “working class” man who thought he’d been set up by Hall’s company to ruin his life.  He went to the mortgage company, wired a shot gun around Dick Hall’s neck in such a way that if Tony was shot or subdued by the police or S.W.A.T. the gun would go off killing the hostage.  He then proceeded to parade his hostage up and down the streets of Indianapolis.  His use of vulgarity on the phone with radio stations, and picked up on live television  broadcasts must have been shocking for the time period.  What develops is nothing less than a media spectacle that turns into a 60 hour circus.  The documentary does a great job at telling the story of Kiritsis without making it confusing.  If you’ve never heard about this, I’d say this film is a great way to get educated about this bizarre case.  (NW)

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Nate Wilson: NW  Devon Cahill: DC  Matt Average: MA

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