Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life (2011)

Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 1hr 48mins.
Genres Crime, Documentary
Keywords crime, death, murder, prison
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Sara Kozak Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Henry Schleiff Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
André Singer Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Lucki Stipetic Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Erik Nelson Producer n/a 3 3000001
Amy Briamonte Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
David Harding Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
Mark Degli Antoni Music n/a 120781 8000001
Joe Bini Editor n/a 172 7000001
Peter Zeitlinger Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Werner Herzog Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Werner Herzog Director n/a 2 2000001
Fred Allen Actor Himself 1 1000012
Lisa Stoller-Balloun Actor Herself 1 1000005
Damon Hall Actor Himself 1 1000004
Michael James Perry Actor Himself 1 1000003
Richard Lopez Actor Himself 1 1000002
Charles Richardson Actor Himself 1 1000006
Jason Burkett Actor Himself 1 1000007
Melyssa Thompson-Burkett Actor Herself 1 1000011
Delbert Burkett Actor Himself 1 1000010
Amanda West Actor Herself 1 1000009
Jared Talbert Actor Himself 1 1000008
Werner Herzog Actor Himself 1 1000001
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.