Heavens Fall

Heavens Fall

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Heavens Fall

The tragic court case that forever altered the course of American jurisprudence is dramatized for the screen in this courtroom docudrama starring Timothy Hutton, David Straithairn, Leelee Sobieski, Anthomy Mack and Bill Sage. The year is 1931, and nine black hobos have been accused of raping two white women on an Alabama freight train. The accused, who all range in age from twelve to twenty-three, are quickly sentenced to death in the electric chair by an all-white jury fueled by racism and vengeance. But as news of the convictions spreads, something remarkable happens: the plight of the so-called Scottsboro Boys inadvertently ends up fueling the fires of socialism across the globe and the case is quickly appealed to the United States Supreme Court. As each of the nine defendants prepare for their retrials in a Decatur, Alabama courtroom, self-assured New York defense attorney Samuel Liebowitz (Hutton) accepts the formidable task of representing the accused in the trial that will hold an entire nation spellbound.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2007
UPC: 0783722274002
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Allumination
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:45:00

Special Features

Behind the scenes footage; Trailer; Optional Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Timothy Hutton Samuel Leibowitz
David Strathairn Judge James Horton
Leelee Sobieski Victoria Price
Anthony Mackie William Lee
Bill Sage Thomas Knight, Jr.
Azura Skye Ruby Bates
James Tolkan Thomas Knight, Sr.
Bill Smitrovich George Chamlee
Maury Chaykin Lyle Harris
B.J. Britt Haywood Patterson
Francie Swift Belle Liebowitz
Joseph Lyle Taylor Actor
Lew Temple Actor
Afemo Omilami Actor
Elayn Taylor Actor
Ty Jones Actor
Tom Groenwald Actor
Ian Nelson Actor

Technical Credits
Terry Green Director,Screenwriter
Anna Marie Crovetti Executive Producer
Wade W. Danielson Producer
Lisa Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Suzy Elmiger Editor
Gloria Everett Producer
Aaron Griffith Casting
Timothy Hutton Executive Producer
Tony Llorens Score Composer
D. Scott Lumpkin Co-producer
Michael Nehs Co-producer
Paul Sanchez Cinematographer
David Reynolds Score Composer
Norman Twain Executive Producer
Staci Witt Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Heavens Fall
1. New Trial [10:47]
2. Alabama [9:39]
3. Preparation [10:31]
4. No Blacks [6:25]
5. Trial Begins [13:39]
6. Avoid a Mess [7:53]
7. Trial Continues [9:40]
8. The Way Things Are [4:13]
9. Haywood Testifies [7:59]
10. One More Witness [10:15]
11. The Verdict [8:34]
12. End Credits [5:26]

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Heavens Fall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Movies such as HEAVENS FALL are poignant reminders of the cruel history of this country that still makes us bow our heads in shame. The story by writer/director Terry Green is a sensitive recreation of the re-trial of an African American man (one of nine) condemned to death in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931 for the supposed gang rape of two white women, a trial with an all-white seated jury who took only 20 minutes to deliberate and convict the young men. It is a study of racism in the South in the 1930s and while the viewer would hope that the ending is triumphant, the story quietly fades with a particle decency represented by a New York trial lawyer and a sympathetic judge who opened the door to the beginnings of seated African American jurists. It is powerful in content: it is magnificent movie making. Samuel Leibowitz (Timothy Hutton) travels to Alabama form his offices in New York in 1933, to represent the nine condemned men after a Supreme Court ruling opened the door for a retrial. Leibowitz meets the prosecuting attorney Thomas Knight, Jr. (Bill Sage), more devoted to his potential career advancement than to his role as prosecutor, and the judge assigned to the case - James Horton (David Strathairn). Leibowitz interviews the nine condemned men and Haywood Patterson (B.J. Britt) is the first to be re-tried. Careful investigation uncovers the shaky case that convicted the men and Leibowitz, with the aid of the attorneys who pleaded the case before the Supreme Court, attempt to gain a racially mixed jury without success. Sent to cover the trial is a young reporter from Chicago (Anthony Mackie) who witnesses the racial hatred in the South first hand. His presence adds credibility to the proceedings. During the trial Leibowitz calls as witnesses the two women who made the false accusations - Victoria Price (LeeLee Sobieski) and Ruby Bates (Azura Skye) - and despite evidence clearing the nine men the trial ends in defeat. But that is only the beginning of a story that persists to this day. This is a true story about how racial hate tore the South apart in the 1930s, but it is also the story of how a few honest people tried to alter history. The cast is uniformly excellent, with Strathairn, Hutton, Skye, and Sage giving potent performances. The climate of the times is well captured by the cinematography of Paul Sanchez, the costumes by Lisa Davis, the fine editing by Suzy Elmiger, and the simple but effective musical score by Tony Llorens. This is a film everyone should see, not only because of the need to re-examine this part of our history, but also because it is such a fine example of American cinema. Grady Harp