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Guilt by Association (2002)

Life is good for Susan, her two children and new boyfriend Russell. But life abruptly changes when she discovers her perfect boyfriend is a drug dealer. Realising the danger this could ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Walker
Marguerite (prison chaplain)
Asia Vieira ...
Teenage Hannah
Teenage Max
Mallory Margel ...
Young Hannah
Young Max
June (as Brandi Marie Ward)
Kathryn Haggis ...
Old Lucy


Life is good for Susan, her two children and new boyfriend Russell. But life abruptly changes when she discovers her perfect boyfriend is a drug dealer. Realising the danger this could bring to her family she tells him to leave. Suddenly her house is raided and Susan is arrested as a co-conspirator in Russell's drug business. Her situation goes from bad to worse when she finds herself behind bars with violent criminals. How will she ever prove her innocence when the system seems against her? Guilt By Association is a disturbing story based on true events. Written by Ørnås

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He Did The Crime ... She Did The Time


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13 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coupable par amour  »

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CAD 4,100,000 (estimated)

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educational drama
12 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Susan Walker (Mercedes Ruehl) is arrested and the police raid her family home. One month earlier, the widower with two kids thought she hit the jackpot with boyfriend Russell. It turns out he's growing weed with his friends. She throws him out but the law charges her as a co-conspirator anyways. Mandatory minimum sentence makes her just as culpable. Others implicate her to receive lower sentences while she has no information to trade. Everything she owns is seized. She loses her job. She's convicted and sentenced to 20 years. In prison, new girl Danielle (Rachel McAdams) was similarly convicted.

The first half is a bit slow. It's more of an education rather than a drama. McAdams comes in halfway through. Her role is small but she gets a couple of emotional scenes. Ruehl powers this movie. The second half has some prison dramas.

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