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Conviction (II) (2010)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  5 November 2010 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Law Professor (as Thomas Mahard)
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Law Professor 2
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Desk Sergeant
Officer Boisseau
Tobias Campbell ...
Frank Zieger ...


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

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An extraordinary journey of how far we go to fight for our family. See more »


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 2010 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$102,351 (USA) (15 October 2010)


£279,016 (UK) (14 January 2011)

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Screenwriter Pamela Gray spent eight years on the project. The project was on, then off in 2004 when Universal pulled the plug. In 2007 independent financing was found, and Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, and Minnie Driver agreed to the low budget effort. 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 »


Betty Anne Waters: [after hearing that his brother was convicted] We'll appeal, Kenny! We'll get you out!
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Hopefully this film will finally give Sam Rockwell, the recognition he deserves.
30 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow conviction is definitely a deeply moving film and very well acted by Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver and Juliette Lewis. However Sam Rockwell is the one who really shines in Conviction. He plays his role as this man who got wrongfully convicted of murder, really raw and powerful. His character had many different emotions in this film. He had to express many different emotional feelings in the role. He had to be angry, sad, and happy and he portrayed it very well. If he doesn't get an Oscar nomination for this film, I'd be truly surprised if he doesn't get his recognition, he is severely underrated, so much so that it actually angers me, that the Academy doesn't recognize Sam Rockwell because he is definitely overdue for an Oscar nomination or win.


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