Heavens Fall (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  20 July 2006 (USA)
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Two young woman accuse nine black youths of rape in the segregated South.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Leibowitz
Judge James Horton
Victoria Price
William Lee
Thomas Knight, Jr.
Ruby Bates
Thomas Knight, Sr.
George Chamlee
Lyle Harris
Joseph Brodsky
Haywood Patterson
Wade Wright
Belle Leibowitz
Lester Carter
E.L. Lewis


Successful New York attorney Sam Leibowitz travels to the South in 1933 to defend nine young black men accused of raping two women on an Alabama freight train. In the spring of 1931 nine black hoboes were pulled off an Alabama freight train and arrested for allegedly raping two young white women in a gondola car. Ranging in ages from twelve to twenty years, they were quickly tried and sentenced to the electric chair. News of their convictions spread and the plight of the Scottsboro Boys became a 'cause celebre' that fueled the fire of socialism worldwide, forcing an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and resulting in new trials for all nine defendants. New Yorker Samuel Leibowitz, a savvy and self-assured defense lawyer with an impressive string of courtroom victories, agreed to represent the accused at their retrials in Decatur, Alabama. His journey into the Deep South symbolized the polarity of the times and set in motion a legal battle that ultimately changed the course of ... Written by Terry Green

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Let Justice Be Done. Though The Heavens May Fall.


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including some dialogue | See all certifications »

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20 July 2006 (USA)  »

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A Justiça Seja Feita  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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During the final part of filming, production was shut down for three or four days because Hurricane Ivan going through Monroeville, Ala., where the film was being shot. The crew helped board up windows at the courthouse where the courtroom scenes were shot and even loaned the police a generator to keep the 911 service running. See more »


Throughout the courtroom scene with Ruby Bates, the judge is wearing a long tie, but in the close up when he announces the court will reconvene on Monday, he is wearing a bow tie as he had throughout the earlier part of the trial. See more »


Judge James Horton: This defendant has a right to a fair and decent trail. Any man who attempts to take charge outside the law is unworthy of the protection of the State of Alabama and the citizenship which you enjoy. I have no patience with mob spirit. And if there are any meetings where such matters are discussed, any man attending such a meeting should be ashamed of themselves. Your very civilization depends on the carrying out of your laws in an orderly manner. Gentlemen, I hope we will have no more of any ...
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Great film about a disturbing but true story
26 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There is much about this film that makes it a good film, the cast are all very good and seem perfect in their respective roles. There are many different emotions and ways of thinking being portrayed and this is all done really well. In many ways this film reminds me of 'A time to kill', but it is shocking to think that the events portrayed really happened, and not that far into the past either. The racism and segregation that existed in the southern states of the USA are in many ways worse than apartheid in South Africa. To think that otherwise intelligent, moral and well mannered people can have such idiotic views regarding people of a different colour is astounding and America should be deeply ashamed of this. I wonder what some of the real people as portrayed in this film now think of their Black President? I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoyed 'A time to kill' or 'To kill a mocking bird'.

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