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The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006)

 -  Documentary | Crime  -  January 2006 (USA)
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"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evelyn Jefferson ...
Herself - Deborah Sykes' Mother
Fred Flagler ...
Himself - Former Editor, Winston-Salem Sentinel
John Reeves ...
Himself - Crime Stoppers Coordinator
Mary Anne Sheboy ...
Herself - Former Reporter, WXII
Mark Rabil ...
Himself - Defense Attorney
Gordon Jenkins ...
Himself - Defense Attorney
Darryl Hunt ...
Himself - Wrongfully Convicted
Larry Little ...
Himself - Winston-Salem City Alderman
Joseph Masten ...
Himself - Winston-Salem City Chief of Police
Sammy Mitchell ...
Himself - Piedmont Correctional Facility
Don Tisdale ...
Himself - Former District Attorney
Johnny Gray ...
Himself - State's Witness
Khalid Griggs ...
Himself - Darryl Hunt Defense Fund (as Imam Khalid Griggs)
Thomas Murphy ...
Himself - Witness
James Daulton ...
Himself - Detective
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"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Both a social justice story and a personally driven narrative, the film chronicles this capital case from 1984 through 2004. With exclusive footage from two decades, the film frames the judicial and emotional response to a chilling crime - and the implications that reverberate from Hunt's conviction - against a backdrop of class and racial bias in the South and in the American criminal justice system. This documentary is the culmination of ten years of research and filming. In 1993, inspired by claims of injustice and police conspiracy, the filmmakers began to shoot in North Carolina. Working from a mix of formats (16mm and 24P video) the film melds the visceral reality of a murder case with first person accounts and cinematic imagery, illuminating perceptions and memories of events as they... Written by Annie Sundberg

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including violent images and descriptions, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Oi dikes tou Darryl Hunt  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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$619 (USA) (15 June 2007)

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$1,111 (USA) (22 June 2007)
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Justice Can Be Very Slow
13 November 2012 | by (Belleville, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a very special trial movie, focussing on racial prejudice in the North Carolina "Justice" System in the 1980's. Darryl Hunt was accused of a crime that he did not commit. The black community rallied behind Darryl, supplying money for his defence and giving moral support. The NorthCarolina "Justice" System is shown as incompetent, uncaring and corrupt.

Darryl Hunt is a very honourable man. He accepted that police can make mistakes, because he is a forgiving person. He made an honourable decision, which made it more difficult for him, because he believed that it was the right thing to do. I could see no bitterness in Darryl, although there must have been times when he was very tempted.

Eventually the truth started to become more widely known and Darryl had broader support, including the white community. Against all odds, he finally gained his freedom. I was very inspired by those who supported Darry and by Darryl himself. He is a man I would like to know personally.


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