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The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Crime | January 2006 (USA)
"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 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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Also Known As:

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$619 (USA) (15 June 2007)

Gross:

$1,111 (USA) (22 June 2007)
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20 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a sweeping, comprehensive and harrowing account of one man's nightmarish journey through a biased, racist and inept justice system. If you liked "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" or "The Thin Blue Line," this is a movie for you. However, much of the injustice here, conversely, is racially motivated in nature, and like the aforementioned, heaping with negligence and corruption perpetrated by "the man." Not to be taken lightly at all, dear Darryl spent 20 years of his life in prison on the basis of an erroneous conviction. A 1994 DNA test exonerated him 1o years into his sentence, clearing him of rape and murder, yet, North Carolina's courts didn't want to hear it, and Hunt served another 10 years before finally being released in 2004. Truly horrifying. Why aren't some of these corrupt D.A.'s and policemen behind bars - for they took a life, or the better part of one? Overall, this film is fairly presented, is executed exceptionally well and profoundly powerful.

Which begs the question: how many more Darryl Hunts are really out there?


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