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Brother's Keeper -- This compelling documentary details the strange-but-true murder trial of Delbert Ward, accused of the mercy killing of his brother in rural upstate NY. This real-life murder mystery won the Audience Award at Sundance.

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9 September 1992 (USA) See more »
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This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Connie Chung ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Berlinger 
Bruce Sinofsky 
 
Produced by
Joe Berlinger .... executive producer
Joe Berlinger .... producer
Nicholas Gottlieb .... associate producer
Bruce Sinofsky .... producer
 
Original Music by
Molly Mason 
Jay Ungar 
 
Cinematography by
James D. Cooper  (as Douglas Cooper)
Richard Hissong 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Berlinger 
Bruce Sinofsky 
 
Sound Department
Brian Langman .... sound editor
Jacob Ribicoff .... foley supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Boccaccio .... EPK camera
 
Other crew
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Susan Kouguell .... script consultant
 
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David Maysles .... dedicatee (as David C. Maysles)
William J. Ward .... dedicatee
 

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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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Munnsville Horror, 15 August 2008

This incursion into the private lives of rural people that turn public by exposition in the media had an eerie effect on me. It was a subjective reaction to a real story that has nothing sinister about it, but I was deeply distressed and somehow frightened by the realization of how some people still live isolated from the world, and in unhealthy conditions, while at the same time being in touch with a community that finds them eccentric but is ignorant of their dysfunctionality. The disturbing story of the four Ward brothers, farmers who lived like hermits in a shack until old age, is material for a Gothic novel or a psychological thriller. When one brother dies in 1990, and his younger brother Delbert is arrested for murder, the "Munnsville horror" begins, manipulated by the media while the community defends the accused. For their opera prima, directors Berlinger and Sinofsky spent more than a year with the case. The result was highly rewarding.

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