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Devil's Knot (2013)

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The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessie Misskelley (as Kris Higgins)
Detective Bryan Ridge
Glori Shettles
Chief Inspector Gitchell
Val Price
Paul Ford
Dan Stidham


Based on the actual events of the West Memphis Three, where three young boys were savagely murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. Spurred on by the demand from a grieving town, the local police act quickly to bring three "devil-worshipping" teenagers to trial. With their lives hanging in the balance, investigator Ron Lax is trying to find the truth between the town's need for justice and the guilt of the accused. Written by Anne Campbell

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Im Schatten der Wahrheit (In the shadow of the truth). (German DVD cover artwork) See more »


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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Robert Baker's brother does actually work for the West Memphis Police Department. See more »


Pam and her husband Terry drive up to the dead end road where all the first responders are gathered, to find out the news that they have found the dead bodies of the 3 missing boys. There are 2 actors walking right behind Pam (Reese Witherspoon) as she is walking up the police, then standing right behind her when she hears the news. Upon hearing the news that her son's body was found, Pam faints and the man and women standing behind her catch her and help her to the ground. But a split second before Pam falls to the ground, the male actor on the left braces for her fall and puts his hand on Pam's (Reese's) back to help her, before she actually falls. See more »


[first lines]
Stevie Branch: [sings] Well, that's all right, mama / That's all right for you / That's all right, mama, just any way you do.
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Features Race with the Devil (1975) See more »


Devil Got My Woman
Written by Skip James (as Nehemiah 'Skip' James)
Performed by Skip James
Courtesy of Entertainment One U.S. LP
By arrangement with Shanachie Entertainment
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Poor representation of a very complex murder case
4 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

This movie is based on a real murder case, and that case is simply far too complex to jam it all in to a logical movie of 2 something hours. The film makers simply missed the mark on this and did a very poor job of turning this murder case into a story line for a film.

As a movie, it felt extremely disjointed. They flicked between different time points very quickly, which made it difficult to grasp how much time had actually passed between events. There is very little character development so viewers are left without any idea of who most of the people actually are, which is especially sad given that there are real people behind every character. In terms of the case details, they had some very odd choices in what to include and what to leave out, and they dramatized certain things but down played others. I feel they misrepresented certain people and certain relationships, and didn't seem to present much of a story.

Overall it was just a terrible movie. Such a shame that they managed to do such a poor job given that this movie is based on a real murder case with plenty of very interesting people.

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