Police officer Dirk Hendricks (Bartlett) files an amnesty application for Alex Mpondo (Ejiofor), a member of the South African Parliament who can't remember the torture he once endured as a captive political activist. South African-born attorney Sarah Barcant (Swank), meanwhile, returns to her homeland to represent Mpondo, as well as Steve Sizela, Mpondo's friend who arrested along with him and ... See full summary »
Mark Schall kills his mother-in-law and wounds his father-in-law in the middle of the night, then turns himself in. He claims, however, that he cannot remember the crime itself. His defense... See full summary »
Alice Paul and the women of the 1917 Women's Suffrage movement fight for future generations right to vote and run for office. Sacrificing their health, marriages and the limited amount of freedom they had, women were imprisoned and force fed after picketing and hunger-striking against war-time president, Woodrow Wilson; but survived to see the results of their efforts. Written by
Although the credits identify the song in the closing scene as the original version of "Beautiful" by Mandalay, the version that was actually used was the 7" Canny Mix from the album Vol. 6-Cafe Del Mar. See more »
Hillary Swank (Alice Paul) is drinking from a Jeannette and Herringbone clear iris cup. Although the company existed in 1898, the clear cups weren't introduced until 1928. See more »
To pay the fine would be admitting guilt. We haven't broken a law. Not one dollar!
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The story of the women's suffrage movement in America during the period 1912- 1920 moves along crisply, and the acting is of high caliber. This is not your grandmother's civil rights history; it is contemporary, relevant and occasionally funny. These are powerful, intelligent women who launch a quixotic campaign
to win voting rights against the opposition of most men, including President
Wilson, and not a few women. Set against a historical background that includes Prohibition and the outbreak of World War I, the film doesn't shy away from
tough subjects -- the human rights abuses committed against the movement's
leaders are depicted graphically and would not be suitable for young viewers. The 2000 Presidential election was a wake-up call about the need to exercise
our constitutional rights. This film reminds us never to take those rights for granted.
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