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Heavens Fall -- Two young woman accuse nine black youths of rape in the segregated South.
Heavens Fall -- Based on the true story of the 1933 Scottsboro retrial of nine black hoboes accused of assaulting two white women on a train in Alabama. It is the story of the quest for justice and marked history as one of the most volatile trials to take place.


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  (in credits order)

Timothy Hutton ... Samuel Leibowitz

David Strathairn ... Judge James Horton

Leelee Sobieski ... Victoria Price

Anthony Mackie ... William Lee

Bill Sage ... Thomas Knight, Jr.

Azura Skye ... Ruby Bates

James Tolkan ... Thomas Knight, Sr.

Bill Smitrovich ... George Chamlee

Maury Chaykin ... Lyle Harris

Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Joseph Brodsky

B.J. Britt ... Haywood Patterson

Lew Temple ... Wade Wright

Francie Swift ... Belle Leibowitz

Ian Nelson ... Lester Carter

Will Owens ... E.L. Lewis

Artel Great ... Willie Roberson (as Artel Kayàru)

Ty Jones ... William Patterson

Afemo Omilami ... Leonard George
Tom Groenwald ... Harry Wolkoff

John Campion ... H.G. Bailey

Stephanie Sawyer ... Elizabeth
Henry V. Brown Jr. ... Earl Higgins (as Henry Brown)

David Briggs ... Calvin Bennet
A.B. Blass Jr. ... James Benson

Bennett Wayne Dean Sr. ... Dr. Bridges (as Wayne Dean)
George Mills ... Ora Dobbins
Robert Champion ... Bailiff

Elijah Kelley ... Leroy Wright

Robert W. Evans ... Orville Gilley (as Rob Evans)
Wilbur Brooks ... Judge A.E. Hawkins
William Danzey ... Newsman #1
Tom Seiler ... Newsman #2 (as Thomas Wm. Seiler)
Dwight Nikita Dean ... Feed Store Boss
John D. Brown ... Feed Store Worker #1
Broderick Palmore ... Feed Store Worker #2
Gary Russell ... Assistant to Sam Leibowitz

Jeff Cole ... Dr. Lynch

Elayn J. Taylor ... Mrs. Patterson

Robert Collier ... Stephen R. Roddy
Sarah Stevens ... Sally
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik Loveland ... Member of angry mob

Courtney B Turk ... Young Daughter
Mitch Bryars Jr. ... State Police Officer (uncredited)
Paula Malone ... Courtroom observer (uncredited)
Lorin Moore ... Juror #7 (uncredited)

Mike Pniewski ... Deputy (uncredited)

Darryl Reeves ... Charlie (uncredited)
Marcus Rowe ... Newsman #3 (uncredited)
Pam Ruth ... Mother of Young Rock Thrower / Person Congratulating the Prosecutions (uncredited)

Craig Sawyer ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Danny Sconyers ... Newsman (uncredited)

Larnell Stovall ... Clarence Norris (uncredited)
Jason Von Stein ... Posse Member (uncredited)

Carolyn Weidell ... Courtroom Audience (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry Green 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terry Green 

Produced by
Tracy Burns .... associate producer
Anna Marie Crovetti .... producer
Wade W. Danielson .... producer
Lisa Denby .... associate producer
Ben Gonzales .... associate producer
Timothy Hutton .... executive producer
Dave Larsen .... associate producer (as David Larson)
Joseph Leudansky .... associate producer
D. Scott Lumpkin .... co-producer
Michael Nehs .... co-producer
John Parker .... associate producer
Gloria Pryor .... producer (as Gloria Everett)
Charley Rivkin .... associate producer
Norman Twain .... executive producer
Adam Witt .... associate producer
Original Music by
Tony Llorens 
Cinematography by
Paul Sanchez (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Suzy Elmiger 
Casting by
Aaron Griffith 
Production Design by
Julieann Getman 
Art Direction by
Mark A. Thomson 
Set Decoration by
Derrick Hinman 
Costume Design by
Lisa Davis 
Makeup Department
Garnett Burk .... key hair stylist (as Garnett Burke)
Karrieann Heisner .... assistant makeup artist
Jessica Norris .... hair intern
Jessica Norris .... makeup intern
Staci Witt .... key makeup artist (as Staci J. Witt)
Tony Ward .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Troy Watson .... prosthetic supply (uncredited)
Production Management
Bonnie Hlinomaz .... post-production supervisor
Damien Lubiak .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Allen .... first assistant director (as Matthew Allen)
Gregory Ruzzin .... second unit director
Colleen Sheridan .... second assistant director
Roger Udwin .... second second assistant director
Dawn York .... second second assistant director
Matt Zettell .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Hunter Brown .... construction coordinator
Brandon Chalker .... carpenter (as Brandon Chaulker)
Wesley Darrell Daniels .... set dresser
Joel A. Henderson II .... construction foreman
Sammy Ray Hill .... set dresser
Samuel Howard .... carpenter
Robert Huntley .... carpenter (as Robert 'Moose' Huntley)
Ben Jones .... swing (as Benjamin Jones)
Blake R. Longfellow .... carpenter (as Blake Longfellow)
Susan Magestro .... set dresser
Chris Mills .... leadman (as Christopher Mills)
Mike Samuels .... property master (as Michael E. Samuels II)
Keith Smith .... scenic artist
Rebecca Herron .... assistant to designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
C. Douglas Cameron .... boom operator
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Ruth Hernandez .... adr editor
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
James Nichols .... sound consultant: Dolby
Whit Norris .... sound mixer
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
David Wahnon .... foley editor
Zbigniew Zarudzki .... sound production intern
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Dan Fulton .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Steven Utt .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Zane Cassidy .... stunt performer
Brian Patrick Collins .... stunt performer (as Brian P. Collins)
Ralf Koch .... stunt performer
Kim Robert Koscki .... fight coordinator
Kim Robert Koscki .... stunt coordinator
Austin Priester .... stunt performer
Darryl Reeves .... stunt performer
Nathan Siebring .... stunt performer
Larnell Stovall .... stunt performer
Steve Upton .... stunt performer
Gene Williams .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Zachary Bookout .... camera intern
Stephen Buckingham .... camera operator: "b" camera
Olice Certain .... grip
Lyndel Crosley .... electrician
Colby Damazio .... grip
Eric Damazio .... key grip
Larry Gianneschi IV .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Lawrence Gianneschi IV)
Hollywood Heard .... chief lighting technician
Robert Hicks .... dolly grip
Pete Kolb .... best boy grip (as Peter Kolb)
Alexandra Kravetz .... second assistant camera
Chris Lumpkin .... grip
Bill Matlock .... still photographer
Michael Off .... best boy electric (as Michael 'Anamal' Off)
Kelly Price .... dolly grip
Kenny Ratliff .... rigging best boy electric
Louis Smith .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Louis C. Smith Jr.)
Daniel E. Teaze .... first assistant camera
Randy Tharpe .... electrician (as Frank R. Tharpe)
Sven Tusak .... camera loader
Reid Andrews .... electrician (uncredited)
Jim Duncan .... electrician (uncredited)
Erik Loveland .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carlos Dardon .... casting assistant
Lana Ford .... casting assistant (as Lana Shackelford)
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Heather Sconyers .... extras casting assistant
Jennifer Wilbert .... location casting
Jennifer Wilbert .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Unchin Lee .... key costumer
Rebecca McCabe .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jordan Crane .... additional editor
Irene Kassow .... assistant editor
Gregory Ruzzin .... additional editor
Jim Williams .... color timer
Russ Senzatimore .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
David Baker .... musician: bass and drums
Larry Burton .... musician: guitars
Julie Carpenter .... musician: violin
Michel Derouin .... music arranger: swing nostalgia (as Michael Derouin)
Robert Hein .... music producer
Teddy Lasry .... musician: swing nostalgia
Tony Llorens .... musician: piano and accordion
Sherry Pruitt .... musician: singer
Sally Swisher .... music editor
Transportation Department
A. Ray Adams .... driver
Jimmie Bradford .... driver
Jesse Braggs .... driver
John D. Brown .... driver
Ricky Damazio .... transportation coordinator
Kenneth Lewis .... driver
George Mills .... driver
Jack Prince .... transportation captain
John Smith .... driver
Other crew
Mary Aspinwall .... office production assistant
Jacob Bartol .... assistant location manager
Wendy M. Chapman .... bookkeeping clerk
Peter Chu .... office production coordinator
Trent Cobern .... stand-in
Linda Cooper .... production assistant: Strata
Bob Corff .... dialect coach
Mike Cunliffe .... location manager
Kris Dunaway .... set production assistant
Charlotte Franklin .... set production assistant
James Joshua Frye .... stand-in
Eric 'Gator' Gould .... supplier: picture cars
Paula Gould .... supplier: picture cars
Sean Heyboer .... film festival promotion
Lauren M. Higgs .... production office coordinator
Kristina Hohn .... office production assistant
James E. Horton Jr. .... story consultant
Dixie Jones .... production accountant
Elizabeth Katsavelos .... production assistant: Strata
Tremong Knight .... set production assistant
Robert Leibowitz .... story consultant
Marjorie Leibowitz-Finch .... story consultant
Meaghan Librizzi .... set production assistant
Aaron Lee Lopez .... set production assistant (as Aaron Lopez)
Paul Matthew Lopez .... set production assistant (as Paul Lopez)
Amza Moglan .... set production assistant (as Amza Tuta)
Lorin Moore .... production assistant
Janice Raggi .... production assistant: Strata
Bruce Resnik .... script supervisor
Mark Richardson .... legal services
Charley Rivkin .... documentarian
Gary Russell .... assistant: Mr. Hutton
Danny Sconyers .... location manager
James Smotherman .... security chief
Travis Taylor .... set production assistant
Kelly Todd .... set production assistant (as Kelly Sullivan)
Connie Weber .... talent assistant
Carolyn Weidell .... talent coordinator
Olivia Weston .... stand-in
Justin Williams .... stand-in
Ryan Young .... key set production assistant
Dave Zarenkiewicz .... office production coordinator (as David Zarenkiewicz)

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including some dialogue
105 min
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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 »
Anachronisms: The opening sequence, a series of vignettes showing the events which led to the trial, is set on a freight train in 1931. Twice, the modern Diesel-electric locomotive heading the train comes into shot. And, for most of the sequence, the train is stationary.See more »
Judge James Horton:Let justice be done though the heavens may fall.See more »


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40 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A Labor of Love, 14 March 2006
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

I had the pleasure of seeing the world premiere of Heavens Fall at the Austin's Paramount Theatre as part of the SXSW film festival. It is a powerful film about the great injustices that occurred during the infamous Scottsboro trial of nine black men accused of raping two white women in Alabama in the 1930s.

While this story has been told before in a 1976 NBC TV movie, Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys (which I haven't seen and which I suspect would be pretty difficult, if not impossible to find on VHS or DVD today) and more recently in the powerful PBS documentary, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, it's a story worth telling again for each new generation.

A film like recent Best Picture winner, Crash, reminds us that racism still exists in our society today. A film like Heavens Fall provides historical context and reminds us of the slow progress that has been made since the days of the Jim Crow South. This film reminds me of other recent films that have reminded us of some of the other tragic episodes of past racism such as Mississippi Burning, Amistad, and, particularly, the marvelous film, Rosewood. As with all films of this genre, some events and characters have been fictionalized in an attempt to capture of the spirit of the story rather than all of the detail.

Heavens Fall features first-rate performances by Timothy Hutton as the Jewish New York lawyer who travels to Alabama to defend the 9 black men, David Strathairn as the the trial judge, and Bill Sage as the prosecutor. The movie moves a bit slowly. The lead characters, including the prosecutor, are presented as human beings taking away from the stereotyping of white southerners which is quite easy in this type of film. It's occasionally a little predictable and clichéd - something almost unavoidable with this genre. Ironically, I think that more could have been done to develop the African-American characters. The accused are not really presented in great depth and the one black character, a journalist, seems a bit extraneous to the plot of the story. Still, basically a good job is done in presenting the main characters as human beings struggling for truth and justice as they define it in a highly imperfect world.

At our world premiere screening, the director and many of the actors were present and spoke about the making of the film. Timmothy Hutton was unable to attend, but as the director and other actors were speaking to the audience, Hutton phoned into to the director's cell phone to receive loud cheers from the audience and answer a few questions via cellphone to microphone. The film was clearly a labor of love by the director and actors. I hope that it finds a distributor and is seen widely, because Americans need to see the realities of their history in order to learn from it.

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