Murder and mayhem at the movies

Wes Shipley, Gray Cavender

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Politicians and the public alike blame an array of social problems on movies, which they claim are increasingly violent and graphically violent. In this paper, we analyze the five top-grossing films in a one year period in each of the past four decades (i.e., 1964, 1974, 1984, and 1994). Our analysis, which is based on a careful coding of these films, focuses on acts of violence, graphic violence, and death. We find that violence, graphic violence, and death increases across the four decades, although not in a perfectly linear trend. We also find that the violence is limited to particular genres.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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