A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.
Police officer Dirk Hendricks (Bartlett) files an amnesty application for Alex Mpondo (Ejiofor), a member of the South African Parliament who can't remember the torture he once endured as a captive political activist. South African-born attorney Sarah Barcant (Swank), meanwhile, returns to her homeland to represent Mpondo, as well as Steve Sizela, Mpondo's friend who arrested along with him and ... See full summary »
Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction. Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Screenwriter Pamela Gray says she doesn't believe the awards or critics; she knows if her projects are well received by listening in the theater ladies' room after a showing. See more »
In various scenes where Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell's characters are meeting in the jail, the Sprite that Hilary drinks from has the new logo from 2005 consisting of two yellow and green "halves" forming an "S" lemon/lime design. This logo had not yet been created during the implied times of these scenes. See more »
[after seeing the media people and the police surrounding him]
What the fuck?
Kenneth Waters? You're under arrest for the murder of Katharina Brow.
Are you out of your fucking mind? You let me off two years ago!
We've got you know.
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Written by Doug Fieger (as Douglas Fieger) and Berton Averre
Performed by Andrew Fairgrieve, Robert Piela, Hunter Dixon & Chris Fichter
Licensed by Arrangement with Wise Brothers Music LLC (ASCAP), Eighties Music (ASCAP) and Small Hill Music (ASCAP) See more »
This type of film has been done before, but I don't seem to get sick of the subject. But I wish things like this never happened, to rot in a cell for something you did not do must be hell. I believe in justice, but feel most justice systems are flawed. Democracy comes with a price for some, and this story smashes that home! Us common people will be swallowed up in legal rules and regulations when facing an uphill battle like this, and unless you have the financial means, or in the case of this story a sister that will go to the end of the world and back, some people will be found guilty until proved innocent.
This film has a great cast to bring home this great story, and it makes for compelling viewing. I am still to see a role that Sam Rockwell fills that I don't care for, he has been a great actor in so many solid films.
10 out of 10 as the film picks you up at the beginning, get's you involved, makes you feel part of the pain caused by the legal system, even with you knowing the out come of the story line.
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