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Deadline (I) (2004)

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A documentary on Illinois Governor George Ryan, who, with 60 days left in office, makes a decision on the fate of death row prisoners.


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Credited cast:
Anthony Amsterdam ...
Himself - Defense Attorney, Furman v. Georgia
Jeanne Bishop ...
Herself - Opposes Death Penalty
Stephen Bright ...
Himself - Southern Center for Human Rights
Himself (archive footage)
Donald Cabana ...
Himself - Former Warden, Parchman Prison
John Chancellor ...
Himself (archive footage)
Tom Cross ...
Himself - Illinois House Republican Leader
Robert Curley ...
Himself - Opposes Death Penalty
Renny Cushing ...
Himself - Executive Director, Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation
Gary Gauger ...
Himself - Exonerated Death Row Inmate
Cornelia Grumman ...
Herself - Chicago Tribune
Lawrence Hayes ...
Himself - Convicted of Murder, 1972
Bill Jenkins ...
Himself - Opposes Death Penalty
Grayland Johnson ...
Himself - Convicted of Murder, 1988
Elaine Jones ...
Herself - NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund


A documentary on Illinois Governor George Ryan, who, with 60 days left in office, makes a decision on the fate of death row prisoners.

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Possible the BEST documentary on the death penalty you will ever see!!!
11 June 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This is one of those amazing documentaries that looks like it'd be deadly dull 'on paper' and then manages to completely blow your mind as it comes off the big screen. In an amazing turn of events a pharmacist turned politician decides to look deeper than the statistics, and investigate the cases of every person currently on death row in Illinois. His reason for doing so is mainly due to the efforts of some students in a journalism class who began to re-stage cases histories as part of a school project and found out that many of the death row convicts were innocent beyond the shadow of a doubt. Is the justice system biased against the poor? Or people of color?? OR is it merely inadequate due to the tremendous pressures placed on prosecutors to resolve high profile case??? In any event, what the Governor of Illinois attempts to do as he completes his term of office is the most amazingly humane investigation ever undertaken. If every governor in the USA would re-evaluate the death row penal system the way Illinois' George Ryan did, we wouldn't need a Supreme Court to decide these types of issues at all. This is a MUST-SEE documentary that at this time has no USA distributor. (go figure?) Governor Ryan's decision is the perfect ending to a perfectly made documentary, here's hoping everyone gets to see this film (someday).

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