Conviction

Conviction

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Director: Tony Goldwyn

Cast: Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver

     
 

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As children, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) and her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell), survived bad parenting and poverty by leaning on each other for support. Kenny grows up to be something of a troublemaker, eventually being convicted for a murder he swears he didn't commit. His sister believes him and,See more details below

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As children, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) and her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell), survived bad parenting and poverty by leaning on each other for support. Kenny grows up to be something of a troublemaker, eventually being convicted for a murder he swears he didn't commit. His sister believes him and, without even a high-school diploma, sets about going to law school in order to figure out a way to free him. She gets a GED, then graduates law school with the help of her only friend (Minnie Driver). She eventually gets the attention of O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck (Peter Gallagher), who runs an organization devoted to overturning wrongful convictions by analyzing DNA evidence with tests that were unavailable at the time the cases were tried. When he agrees to help her -- if she can find the old blood evidence -- Betty plows her way through the legal complications that stand between her brother and his freedom. Tony Goldwyn directs this drama inspired by a true story.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Movies often celebrate perseverance. We love underdogs, and unlikely heroes who pull themselves up by their bootstraps, enduring any number of roadblocks on the way to achieving a goal. Tony Goldwyn's Conviction -- the main character's unflagging determination is built right into the title -- is all about this trait. As children, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) and her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell), survived bad parenting and poverty by leaning on each other for support. Kenny grows up to be something of a troublemaker, eventually being convicted for a murder he swears he didn't commit. His sister believes him and, without even a high-school diploma, sets about going to law school in order to figure out a way to free him. She gets a GED, then graduates law school with the help of her only friend (Minnie Driver). She eventually gets the attention of O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck (Peter Gallagher), who runs an organization devoted to overturning wrongful convictions by analyzing DNA evidence with tests that were unavailable at the time the cases were tried. When he agrees to help her -- if she can find the old blood evidence -- Betty plows her way through the legal complications that stand between her brother and his freedom. On the page, Pamela Gray's script hits every familiar note to make Betty's life as difficult as possible. The problem is that while Betty's life is flawed, she herself is flawless. If we are supposed to emulate her courage, there need to be some scenes showing she's a flawed human being. As played by Swank, Betty is a classic teary but strong-willed heroine, not unlike those at the center of a Lifetime movie -- her seemingly inexhaustible capacity for selflessness defines her. The character's situation is interesting, but the character isn't because we can't relate to her. Luckily, Sam Rockwell gives the movie some drive as her ne'er-do-well brother. He's a hard-drinking rabble-rouser, prone to bar fights and getting naked in public for a laugh. Rockwell lets us see the effects of Kenny's dysfunctional childhood in the character's impulsivity and occasional fatalism. We're fairly sure we can believe Kenny most of the time, but we're never really 100 percent sure like Betty is, and that friction gives the movie some life. The filmmakers were smart to let a good chunk of the film's emotional payoff come from scenes where Kenny makes peace with the teenage daughter who was just an infant when he went to jail, because their relationship is more complex and compelling than the always-perfect bond between Kenny and Betty. If there were more of Rockwell, Conviction might be able to escape the straightforward obviousness that keeps it from being little more than a well-made but not very interesting TV movie.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2011
UPC:
0024543715009
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
AB
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
48,443

Special Features

A conversation with director Tony Goldwyn and Betty Anne Waters

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hilary Swank Betty Anne Waters
Sam Rockwell Kenny Waters
Minnie Driver Abra Rice
Loren Dean Rick Miller
Melissa Leo Nancy Taylor
Peter Gallagher Barry Scheck,Actor
Ari Graynor Mandy Marsh
Conor Donovan Richard
Owen Campbell Ben
Tobias Campbell Young Kenny
Bailee Madison Young Betty Anne
Clea Duvall Brenda Marsh,Actor
Karen Young Elizabeth Waters
Talia Balsam Prosecuting Attorney
John Pyper-Ferguson Aidan
Juliette Lewis Roseanna Perry,Actor
Thomas Mahard Law Professor
Laurie Brown Law Professor 2
Ele Bardha Don
Rusty Mewha Desk Sergeant
Marc Macaulay Officer Boisseau
Frank Zieger Boyfriend
J. David Moeller Grandpa
Scott Philyaw Cop
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz Guy in Bar
Iris Ingram Guy's Girlfriend
John Lepard Minister
Jake Andolina State Trooper
Wallace Bridges Global Van Lines Witness
Marty Bufalini Defense Attorney
Doug Hamilton Medical Examiner
Sarab Kamoo Blood Expert
Hugh McGuire Trial Judge
Michele Messmer Mrs. Brow
Annabel Armour Social Service Woman
Toya Brazell Court Clerk
Heather Kozlakowski Jury Foreman
Matthew Hollerbach Law Student
Zack Fealk Law Student 2
Linda Hurd Bar Exam Woman
Michael Liu Huy Dao
Paul Burt Prison Guard "Stash"
York Griffith Desk Sergeant 2
Gordon Michaels Lt. Daniels
Alana Jo Beckman Neighborhood Girl
Ethan Cutkowsky Neighborhood Boy
Eddie Hurch Courthouse Clerk
Jane Alderman Mrs. Halloran
Janet Ulrich Brooks Dr. McGilvray
Gary Davis Prison Guard 2
Rick LeFevour Prison Guard 3
Jennifer Roberts Martha Coakley
Linda Boston Release Judge
Kam Carman Reporter
Julio Ho Reporter 2
Peter Carey Reporter 3
Melissa Bickerton Admissions Counselor

Technical Credits
Tony Goldwyn Director,Producer
Kerry Barden Casting
Markus Barmettler Executive Producer
Paul Cantalon Score Composer
Jay Cassidy Editor
Ed Cathell Co-producer
Dama Chasle Co-producer
Wendy Chuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Dama Claire Co-producer
Liz Gallacher Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephanie Gilliam Art Director
Adriano Goldman Cinematographer
Pamela Gray Screenwriter
Andrew S. Karsch Producer
Alwyn Hight Kushner Executive Producer
Mark Ricker Production Designer
Paul Schnee Casting
Andrew Sugerman Producer
Hilary Swank Executive Producer

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