MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,889 this week

Witch Hunt (2008)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 612 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 6 critic

The story of several families who have their lives destroyed when their hometown is whipped into a frenzy by allegations of child molestation.

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

Dvd
a list of 154 titles
created 03 Sep 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 03 Nov 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 10 Jun 2012
 
see
a list of 23 titles
created 11 Apr 2013
 
a list of 1708 titles
created 19 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Witch Hunt" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Witch Hunt (2008)

Witch Hunt (2008) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Witch Hunt.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Booth
Stars: Joe Arpaio, Jello Biafra, Osama bin Laden
Girlhood (2003)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Documentary chronicling America's justice system. Follows two female inmates - victims of horrific violence and tragedy - who are serving time in a Maryland juvenile detention center.

Director: Liz Garbus
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing seven men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Reckless Indifference examines the tragic chain of events that led to the murder of a Los Angeles teenager who was also the son of an LAPD officer. At the end of an heated and emotional ... See full summary »

Director: William Gazecki
Stars: Robert Derham, Alan M. Dershowitz, Dick Detrich
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A documentary that explores chemicals found in everyday household products.

Directors: Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman
Stars: Sean Penn
Documentary | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich
Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton
Bus 174 (2002)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ... See full summary »

Directors: José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda
Stars: Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares
Documentary | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert was a member of a family of four elderly brothers, working as semi-literate farmers ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Delbert Ward, Roscoe Ward, Lyman Ward
Death on the Staircase (TV Mini-Series 2004)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Guerette, David Saacks, Michael Peterson
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Very Young Girls, whose title reflects the fact that in the United States the average age of entry into prostitution is just thirteen. The film takes us into the work of a former sexually ... See full summary »

Directors: David Schisgall, Nina Alvarez
Stars: Mia Guzman, Rachel Lloyd
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Three bio-diesel buses transporting more than 200 volunteers, otherwise known as the "Dirty Hands Caravan", departed the grounds of the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA and headed East... See full summary »

Director: Alison Thompson
Stars: Douglas Brinkley, Everlast, Jerry Hannan
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Cummings ...
Himself - Accused of Child Molestation
Jackie Cummings ...
Herself - Accused of Child Molestation
Allen Grafton ...
Himself - Accuser
Ed Jagels ...
Himself - Kern County District Attorney (archive footage)
Brenda Kniffen ...
Herself - Accused of Child Molestation
Scott Kniffen ...
Himself - Accused of Child Molestation
Carla Modahl ...
Herself - Daughter of Jeffrey Modahl
Jeffrey Modahl ...
Himself - Accused of Child Molestation
Victor Monge ...
Himself - Accuser
...
Himself - Narrator
Marcella Pitts ...
Herself - Accused of Child Molestation
Rick Pitts ...
Himself - Accused of Child Molestation
Kathleen Ridolfi ...
Herself - Northern California Innocence Project (as Kathleen 'Cookie' Ridolfi)
Ed Sampley ...
Himself - Accuser
Linda Starr ...
Herself - Northern California Innocence Project
Edit

Storyline

Executive Producer Sean Penn presents "Witch Hunt," a gripping indictment of the American justice system told through the lens of one small town. Voters in Bakersfield, California elected a tough on crime district attorney into office for more than 25 years. During his tenure he convicted dozens of innocent working class moms and dads. They went to prison, some for decades, before being exonerated. He remains in office today. This story on a micro level mirrors what the US has experienced over the last eight years. When power is allowed to exist without oversight civil rights are in jeopardy. Written by Dana Nachman

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Some convictions are criminal

Genres:

Documentary | Crime

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

An American Witch Hunt  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

(Dolby 5.1)|

Color:

| (HDCAM)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
title cards: There are more than 2 million people in American prisons today. This film is dedicated to the thousands of them who are actually innocent.
Narrator: [narration] The images of your life, picture them, on your refrigerator, in albums, frames. They capture every stage, change, celebration. Without them, how much do you remember? How much do you rely on these photos to remind you of the journey you've taken in life. Now imagine them gone. This is the first photo John Stoll has of is life. The ...
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fabuous and Important Film
24 May 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film chronicles the events which transpired in Kern County (Bakersfield) California, and the dozens of people who were falsely charged with child sexual abuse as part of massive "sex rings". Specifically, the film tells the story of John Stoll, Scott and Brenda Kniffen, Alvin and Debbie McCuan, Jeff Modahl, Jack and Jackie Cummings, Rick and Marcella Pitts.

This film is filled with heroes.

The film makers themselves: for tackling such a difficult, and generally unpopular subject matter, and for their fortitude to stick with the project over more than four years determined to see these stories of injustice told.

Those who were falsely imprisoned, bared down, stood strong, and fought the good fight, no matter how long it took, to see the truth about their innocence told.

Those who were involved as with the police, social services, and the District Attorney's office as children, who now as young adults have been brave enough to come forward with the truth about how those in authority were acting in true "criminal" behavior, and not those accused of sexual abuse.

However, hearing these particular young adults speak of their pain, guilt, trauma, confusion, and remorse over allowing social service workers to convince them to lie when they were children was the most powerful aspect of this film for me.

I have heard many, many stories of false arrest. There is no doubt that the stories of struggle and survival from those falsely accused are moving beyond words. However, hearing the pain and perspective from the different side of those wronged by the justice system; hearing how much these false arrests harmed the children involved, is the most powerful aspect of this new film.

A must see!


16 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does this match a criminal? ewe2003
Discuss Witch Hunt (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page