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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
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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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Movies such as HEAVENS FALL are poignant reminders of the cruel history
of this country that still makes us bow our heads in shame. The story
by writer/director Terry Green is a sensitive recreation of the
re-trial of an African American man (one of nine) condemned to death in
Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931 for the supposed gang rape of two white
women, a trial with an all-white seated jury who took only 20 minutes
to deliberate and convict the young men. It is a study of racism in the
South in the 1930s and while the viewer would hope that the ending is
triumphant, the story quietly fades with a particle decency represented
by a New York trial lawyer and a sympathetic judge who opened the door
to the beginnings of seated African American jurists. It is powerful in
content: it is magnificent movie making.
Samuel Leibowitz (Timothy Hutton) travels to Alabama form his offices
in New York in 1933, to represent the nine condemned men after a
Supreme Court ruling opened the door for a retrial. Leibowitz meets the
prosecuting attorney Thomas Knight, Jr. (Bill Sage), more devoted to
his potential career advancement than to his role as prosecutor, and
the judge assigned to the case - James Horton (David Strathairn).
Leibowitz interviews the nine condemned men and Haywood Patterson (B.J.
Britt) is the first to be re-tried. Careful investigation uncovers the
shaky case that convicted the men and Leibowitz, with the aid of the
attorneys who pleaded the case before the Supreme Court, attempt to
gain a racially mixed jury without success. Sent to cover the trial is
a young reporter from Chicago (Anthony Mackie) who witnesses the racial
hatred in the South first hand. His presence adds credibility to the
proceedings. During the trial Leibowitz calls as witnesses the two
women who made the false accusations - Victoria Price (LeeLee Sobieski)
and Ruby Bates (Azura Skye) - and despite evidence clearing the nine
men the trial ends in defeat. But that is only the beginning of a story
that persists to this day. This is a true story about how racial hate
tore the South apart in the 1930s, but it is also the story of how a
few honest people tried to alter history.
The cast is uniformly excellent, with Strathairn, Hutton, Skye, and
Sage giving potent performances. The climate of the times is well
captured by the cinematography of Paul Sanchez, the costumes by Lisa
Davis, the fine editing by Suzy Elmiger, and the simple but effective
musical score by Tony Llorens. This is a film everyone should see, not
only because of the need to re-examine this part of our history, but
also because it is such a fine example of American cinema. Grady Harp
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