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Brother's Keeper (1992)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Mystery | 9 September 1992 (USA)
This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's of a family of 4 brothers (the other 3 being Roscoe, Lyman and William - Bill, for ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Delbert Ward ...
Himself
Roscoe Ward ...
Himself
Lyman Ward ...
Himself
Walt Geisler ...
Himself - Ward Supporter
Ken Elmer ...
Himself - Neighbor
John Teeple ...
Himself - Neighbor
Dave Goff ...
Himself - Cousin
Joseph F. Loszynski ...
Himself - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State Police (as Captain Joseph F. Loszynski)
Harry Thurston ...
Himself - Friend
Ralph A. Cognetti ...
Himself - Defense Attorney
Maynard A. Cosnett ...
Himself - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State Police (as Investigator Maynard A. Cosnett)
John W. Graham ...
Himself - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State Police (as Investigator John W. Graham)
Robert J. Killough ...
Himself - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State Police (as Investigator Robert J. Killough)
Donald F. Cerio ...
Himself - Madison County District Attorney
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This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's of a family of 4 brothers (the other 3 being Roscoe, Lyman and William - Bill, for short), working as semi-literate farmers, and living together in isolation in a ramshackle shack, until William's death. The subsequent police investigation and medical examiner's autopsy suggested Bill may not have died from natural causes, and Delbert was arrested on charges of second-degree murder. Under questioning by police, Delbert appears to have waived his rights and signed a confession, but, it seems he might not have been competent, and was coerced into doing so. The film explores possible motives for the crime, from mercy-killing (Bill was ill at the time), to progressively more outré hypotheses. It also shows how residents of the rural community of Munnsville, NY rallied to the support of one of their own (residents previously considered the Wards as social outcasts), against what they ... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in October 1997. See more »

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Dedicated to the memory of David C. Maysles (1932-1987) For your inspiration See more »

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Poetic in its delivery
23 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was not made to be entertaining, as far as I can tell. That is not an indictment of the film; it is an indictment of the biggest reason people go to see films.

As I watched this film, I was transported into another place. I presume that place is where the filmmakers wanted me to go. It was not a "fun" or "exciting" place. It was simply a place where I could be and feel otherwise than I am and do right now.

I live within bicycle riding distance of the location of the events in this film, yet I got closer than I ever will to them through the craftsmanship of the filmmakers.

The music, the imagery, and the way the story was presented combined to provide me with a notable experience. This story is now part of me.

Thanks to the filmmakers.


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