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The Shooting of Ronald Reagan 

Crimes of the Century looks at the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley. Hinckley shot the president because he thought that a high profile assassination... See full summary »
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Erik Thompson Erik Thompson ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Ronald Reagan ... Self - President (archive footage)
Del Quentin Wilber Del Quentin Wilber ... Self - Author, Rawhide Down
Hank Brown Hank Brown ... Self - ABC News Cameraman
Thomas J. Baker Thomas J. Baker ... Self - Assistant Director, FBI
John Hinckley John Hinckley ... Self - Attempted Assassin (archive footage)
James Brady James Brady ... Self - White House Press Secretary (archive footage)
Jerry Parr ... Self - Secret Service Agent (archive footage)
Joseph Giordano Joseph Giordano ... Self - George Washington University Medical Center (as Dr. Joseph Giordano)
Nancy Reagan ... Self - First Lady (archive footage)
Stephen Colo Stephen Colo ... Self - United States Secret Service
Sarah Brady Sarah Brady ... Self - Wife of James Brady
Jodie Foster ... Self - Actress (archive footage)
Tom Bush Tom Bush ... Self - Special Agent, FBI
William T. Carpenter William T. Carpenter ... Self - Maryland Psychiatric Research Center
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Crimes of the Century looks at the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley. Hinckley shot the president because he thought that a high profile assassination would impress actress Jodi Foster. At his trial, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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28 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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The Shooting of Ronald Reagan
21 April 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Crimes of the Century: The Shooting of Ronald Reagan (2013)

This episode in the eight-part CNN special series takes a look at John Hinckley, Jr.'s failed attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in hopes that he could impress actress Jodie Foster. The documentary takes us through what set Hinckley off, his obsession with TAXI DRIVER and how he ended up with a gun in his hand only feet away from the President. Once again CNN has delivered a documentary that doesn't really tell us anything that we didn't already know but it's just so well-made and interesting that it's easy to forget you've heard anything you're listening to and you can just sit back and enjoy it. It's still rather amazing seeing a real life creep who becomes so obsessed with someone that they try to kill the President for her. As the secret service agent in the film says, everyone would think the assassination attempt would be for something political yet in the end it was for love. There are interview clips with the secret service as well as archival clips of Reagan on Larry King Live where he talks about his memories of the event. The only thing missing was more follow-up on what has happened to Hinckley over the past three decades.

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