America Undercover

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America Undercover
GenreDocumentary
Written byMark C. Baldwin
Directed byJon Alpert
Fenton Bailey
Presented byOliver Stone
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Sheila Nevins
Producer(s)Brent Owens
Production company(s)America Undercover
DistributorHBO
Release
Original networkHBO
Original release1983 (1983) –
2006

America Undercover is a series of documentaries that air on the cable television network HBO.[1] Within the series are several sub-series, such as Autopsy, Real Sex, and Taxicab Confessions.

History[edit]

The series began in 1984[2] and, after a brief time being broadcast weekly in 2001,[3] was later broadcast once per month.[4] In 2006, episodes began being rebroadcast on A&E Network.[5]

Over the years, episodes have covered numerous subjects such as abortion,[6] organized crime,[7] and pedophilia. The show won several awards for the 1998 production of Strippers: The Naked Stages.

Episodes[edit]

  • Hooker (1983) - Directed by Robert Niemack
  • When Women Kill (1983) - Directed by Lee Grant
  • The Nightmare of Cocaine (1984) - Directed by Fleming B. Fuller
  • Toxic Time Bomb: The Fight Against Deadly Pollution (1984) - Directed by August Cinquegrana
  • Acts of Violence (1985) - Directed by Imre Horvath
  • UFO's: What's Going On? (1985) - Directed by Robert Guenette
  • The Gift of Life (1986) - Directed by Bill Couturié
  • And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986) - Directed by Louis Malle
  • Kids in Crisis (1986) - Directed by Robert Niemack
  • Kids in Sports: The Price of Glory (1986) - Directed by Dennis Lofgren
  • Surveillance: No Place to Hide (1986) - Directed by Joseph Angier
  • Drunk & Deadly: A Day on America's Highways (1987) - Directed by Robert Niemack
  • Murder or Mercy: Five American Families (1988) - Directed by Terry Dunn Meurer
  • Execution: Fourteen Days in May (1988) - Directed by Paul Hamann
  • Confessions of an Undercover Cop (1988) - Directed by Chris Jeans
  • Warning: Medicine May Be Hazardous to Your Health (1988) - Directed by Veronica L. Young
  • Why Did Johnny Kill? (1988) - Directed by Robert Niemack
  • Transplant (1988) - Directed by Vincent Stafford
  • Into Madness (1989) - Directed by Susan Raymond
  • Battered (1989) - Directed by Lee Grant
  • Crack USA: County Under Siege (1989) - Directed by Vince DiPersio and Bill Guttentag
  • One Year in a Life of Crime (1989) - Directed by Jon Alpert
  • Convicts on the Street: One Year on Parole (1990) - Directed by Robert Niemack
  • Doing Time: Life Inside the Big House (1991) - Directed by Alan Raymond
  • Rape: Cries from the Heartland (1991) - Directed by Maryann DeLeo
  • Attempted Murder: Confrontation (1991) - Directed by Tom Spain
  • Death on the Job (1991) - Directed by Vince DiPersio and Bill Guttentag
  • The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer (1992) - Directed by Arthur Ginsberg and Tom Spain
  • Suicide Notes (1992) - Directed by Robert Niemack
  • Asylum (1992) - Directed by Joan Churchill
  • Abortion: Desperate Choices (1992) - Directed by Deborah Dickson, Susan Froemke, and Albert Maysles
  • My Mother's Murder (1992) - Directed by Charles C. Stuart
  • Never Say Die: The Search for Eternal Youth (1992) - Directed by Antony Thomas
  • Women on Trial (1992) - Directed by Lee Grant
  • I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (1993)[8]
  • Gang War: Bangin' In Little Rock (1994)
  • High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell (1995) - Directed by Jon Alpert, Maryann DeLeo and Richard Farrell
  • The Celluloid Closet (1995)
  • Dragtime (1997) - Directed by Patti Kaplan
  • Bellevue: Inside Out (2001) - Directed by Maryann DeLeo
  • Blue Vinyl (2002)
  • Dealing Dogs (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rutenberg, Jim (2001-03-21). "Seamy or Serious, It's Now Center Stage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  2. ^ Finn, Robin (2001-04-15). "Want Pathos, Pain and Courage? Get Real". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  3. ^ Dempsey, John (2000-12-18). "HBO set to strip `Undercover'". Variety. Retrieved 2007-11-13.[dead link]
  4. ^ "New 'America Undercover' Weekly Documentary Series Scheduled for 11 Consecutive Sundays on HBO Beginning March 11" (Press release). Time Warner. 2001-01-19. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  5. ^ Schneider, Michael (2006-02-01). "A&E goes 'Undercover'". Variety. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  6. ^ Grahnke, Lon (1992-05-05). "`Abortion' examines the agony of choice". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  7. ^ Marin, Rick (1993-03-08). "America Undercover Mob Stories". Variety. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  8. ^ Silverman, Jeff; Silverman, Jeff (1993-10-12). "I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-09.

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