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Murder. Since 1935 only one woman has been executed in the state of Louisiana. 

With all the picturesque glamour of the 1940s, The Pardon recounts the unlikely true story of Toni Jo Henry (Jaime King), a woman tried three times and executed in Louisiana, 1942. 

Surviving a legacy of childhood abuse, which lands her in the art deco brothels of the time, Toni Jo briefly discovers love and happiness when she marries the dashing boxer Cowboy Henry (Jason Lewis). Cowboy is soon after sent to prison, leaving the bereft Toni Jo to embark on an ill-fated mission with Cowboy’s sometime partner Arkie (John Hawkes). A grisly murder and a series of sensational trials where she pleads her innocence instantly makes the beautiful Toni Jo into a celebrity. Facing conviction after conviction, will she find true redemption in the face of the crimes for which she is accused? 

Directed By: Tom Anton

Written By: Tom Anton, Sandi Russell

Produced By: Tom Anton, Blair Daily, Jacqueline George, Sandi Russell 

Jaime King (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, “Heart of Dixie”, Pearl Harbor, Sin City), John Hawkes (Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe nominee, Two-time Independent Spirit Award Winner; Winter’s Bone, The Sessions, Lincoln), T.J. Thyne (Bones, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Jason Lewis (Mr. Brooks, Sex and the City)


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Jaime King ... Toni Jo Henry

Jason Lewis ... Cowboy

John Hawkes ... Finnon 'Arkie' Burke

T.J. Thyne ... Father Richard

Leigh Whannell ... Clement Moss

M.C. Gainey ... Gibbs Duhon

Tim Guinee ... Norman Anderson

Stuart Greer ... George McQuiston

Sue Rock ... Miss Charlotte

Douglas M. Griffin ... Toni Jo's Father
Ed Bruce ... J.P. Copeland

Niki Spiridakos ... Niki

Derek Wayne Johnson ... Photographer

Ashleigh Borman ... Julie

John F. Beach ... Daniel Baker

Jackson Beals ... Bailiff #1

Celeste Roberts ... Aunt Emma

Brady Coleman ... Texas Judge

Clay Chamberlin ... The Deputy
Michael Showers ... Detective

Nancy Wilder ... Mrs. Calloway (as Nancy Ellen Mills)

Jeddah Danielle Salera ... Young Toni Jo

Ron Fagan ... Juror

Gregg Brazzel ... Wild Willie Russell

Chris Fry ... Sherriff Henry Reid

Patrick Kirton ... Albert Stokes
John Valdetero ... Mr. Calloway
Kip Cummings ... Deputy Sheriff

Steven Miramontz ... Boxing Fan

Mary Griffitts ... Bertha
Mike Martindale ... The Ringmaster
Ashley-Anne Parker ... Court Visitor / Boxing match spectator
Barry Barton ... John Dean

Walt Hollis ... Trooper Lebleiu

Meade Patton ... Captain
Hevin Hampton ... Courtroom Visitor
Tia Landrum ... Lita Calloway
Thomas Wallace ... Juror
Bruce Bryant ... State Trooper
Stan McDonald ... Man 2
Jeannie Perrin ... Trial Observer
John T. Billingsley ... Courtroom Reporter
Randy Bordelon ... Deputy Sheriff
Michael Pupillo ... Court Visitor
Matthew Reardon ... Reporter
Tami Liller ... The Woman
Brad Dison ... Reporter
Patrick Michael Carney ... Referee
Gioacchino Brucia ... Man #1
Ginger Attaway ... Stand-in for Jaime King
Brandon Raines ... Deputy Sheriff
John E. Outtrim ... Dr. Clement
Lori Knighton ... Courtroom Visitor (uncredited)
James Merrick ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Anton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom Anton 
Sandi Russell 

Produced by
Tom Anton .... producer
Blair Daily .... producer
Jim Davis .... executive producer
Jacqueline George .... producer
Sandi Russell .... producer
Original Music by
Ashley Irwin (original music by)
Cinematography by
Matthew Irving 
Film Editing by
Blair Daily 
Casting by
Lisa Mae Fincannon 
Production Design by
Anne Stuhler 
Art Direction by
Roswell Hamrick 
Set Decoration by
Hannah Beachler 
Costume Design by
Ernesto Martinez 
Makeup Department
Kimberly Amacker .... additional makeup artist
Melizah Anguiano .... hair stylist (as Melizah Schmidt)
Samantha M. Capps .... additional makeup artist
Stacey Herbert .... assistant makeup artist (as Stacey L. Taniguchi)
Ann-Maree Hurley .... key makeup artist
Robin Mathews .... makeup department head
Lana Sharpe .... hair department head
Shasti Sharpe .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Charles Rapp .... production manager
Ralf Weinfurtner .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Baker .... second second assistant director
Chad Rosen .... first assistant director
Tessa Lyn Stephenson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Cook Allender .... on-set dresser
Chris Britt .... leadman
Kenneth Brown .... propmaker
Kenneth Lynn Brown .... carpenter
Daniel Coe .... construction coordinator
Jennifer Garlington .... art department supervisor
Chris Goyne .... property assistant
Juliana Hoffpauir .... buyer
Juliana Hoffpauir .... on-set dresser
Jerod Johnson .... painter
Peggy Johnson .... set painter
Thomas V. Johnson .... lead scenic
Adele Plauche .... set designer
Andrew Wert .... property master
Sound Department
Tim Burby .... supervising assistant editor
Coya Elliott .... assistant supervising sound editor
Sean England .... foley recordist
Ken Fischer .... sound effects editor
Pascal Garneau .... foley editor
Darrell Henke .... sound mixer
Jonathan Null .... sound supervisor
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound designer
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Silvers .... supervising sound editor
Mac Smith .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Sperry .... dolby sound consultant
Christopher Tiffany .... boom operator
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Jack Lynch .... special effects coordinator
Bob Trevino .... special effects technician
Tom Harper .... lead stunt double
Tom Harper .... stunt fighter
Michael Haynes .... stunt coordinator
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Chester E. Tripp III .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Marty Boger .... best boy grip
Sarah Bowman .... "a" camera second assistant
Shawn Boyd .... grip
Jeffrey N. Civa .... camera operator
Jayson S. Coddington .... rigging grip
Brown Cooper .... camera operator: "b" camera
Matt Cross .... electrician
Rene Crusto .... electrician
Gonzalo Gonzalez .... additional electrician
Tonja Greenfield .... film loader
Brad Keyes .... grip
Daniel Lachman .... key video assist
Jerry Lane .... camera operator: "a" camera
Scott Maher .... best boy electric
John T. Martin .... key grip
Johnathon R. Martin .... grip
Robert Owen .... rigging electrician
Allen Parks .... gaffer
T.J. Sebren .... lighting technician
Lisbeth Storandt .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jeff Taylor .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Stephen Patrick Walker .... rigging grip
Casting Department
Jamie Baremore .... casting associate
Tara Duncil .... casting associate
Mark Fincannon .... location casting
Brinkley A. Maginnis .... background casting
Brinkley A. Maginnis .... local casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori Ayala-Read .... costume supervisor
Lexi Cuesta .... set costumer
La Shan Knox .... additional costumer
Selby Van Horne .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate color timer
Zara Park .... digital intermediate post supervisor (as Zara Roberts)
Music Department
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring engineer
Transportation Department
Dale Combs .... production driver
Dennis W. Cook Jr. .... driver
Gary L. Horton .... driver
Janet Perrotti .... transportation captain
John H. Stephens .... driver
Doug Wilson .... transportation captain
Vevi Wilson .... driver
Felicia Zamora .... driver: cast
Other crew
Ginger Attaway .... stand-in: Jaime King
Thad Carlile .... key chef
Hunter Carter .... location assistant
Amy B. Chew .... production coordinator (as Amy Chew)
Michael Collins .... production accountant
Elizabeth DeLuna .... script supervisor
Evan Falbaum .... production assistant
Andrew Lovell .... production assistant
Meg Marchand .... set production assistant
K. Lynn Martin .... additional script supervisor
Carrie Mitchum .... caterer
F. Stanley Pearse Jr. .... location consultant
Felisha N. Grice Pedersen .... key set production assistant (as Felisha N. Grice)
Dimitri Phillips .... lead chef
Erik Proveaux .... caterer
Wendy Rohland .... first assistant production accountant
Charity Schubert .... payroll accountant
Jon Winkler .... stand-in
Anthony Yuse .... production assistant
Melody Djavadi .... special thanks
Sam Eigen .... special thanks
Brian Sweet .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing violent images, sexual situations and some drug content
120 min
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Dramatic true story about a woman, Toni Jo Henry, who faces impossible odds in the Louisiana legal system in the 1940's., 24 February 2013
Author: Bill-stricker from United States

The Pardon is a very engaging film with exceptional acting that tells a dramatic, heart wrenching tale. It is based on the true life story of Toni Jo Henry and her sensational murder trial in the 1940's in Louisiana. The Pardon shows the dramatic influence that childhood abuse has in one's later life. It is the story of finally finding love and its power to heal. The filming and powerful aura created make this a movie that will stay with the viewer long after seeing it. And Jaime King, John Hawkes, and T.J. Thyne give great performances that captivate you the entire movie. I highly recommend seeing this film if you like a dramatic, well told story with excellent acting, mood, and filming.

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