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One of the biggest hot-button issues dividing the United States has long been capital punishment, so when Illinois Governor George Ryan, a conservative Republican, commuted the sentences of 167 death row inmates the day before his term ended, it shocked the nation and outraged many in his own party. This documentary from the filmmaking duo of Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson explores not only the investigative work done by a group of Northwestern University journalism students that led to Ryan's staunch opposition to the death penalty, but also the impact the capital punishment debate has on the nation as a whole. Deadline premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
UPC: 0037429199428
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Homevision
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Interview with directors Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson; Additional scenes include: Interview with Governor George Ryan and speech by Mamie Till Mobley; Timeline, biographies and other resources; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [9:22]
2. Cruel and Unusual [7:45]
3. The Commission [4:35]
4. Questions of Innocence [12:22]
5. What Is Justice? [7:14]
6. Tough on Crime [12:30]
7. Two Weeks of Hearings [6:36]
8. Death Row 10 [7:27]
9. Exonerated Walk [9:49]
10. The Decision [11:37]

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