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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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Let Justice Be Done. Though The Heavens May Fall.
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Two young woman accuse nine black youths of rape in the segregated South. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Judge James Horton:Let justice be done though the heavens may fall.See more »

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12 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Particle of Decency Shines Through the Years, 12 November 2007
Author: gradyharp from United States

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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