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Conviction (2010)

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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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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 »


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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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Betty Anne Waters  »

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Box Office


$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$6,783,129 (USA) (24 December 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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The movie was nearly 10 years in development. 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: I don't deserve a friend like you.
Abra Rice: You damn right, you don't!
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Performed by Andrew Fairgrieve, Robert Piela, Hunter Dixon & Chris Fichter
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Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell were Excellent... Juliette Lewis is Outstanding in her 10mints Role. Wowww.
10 January 2011 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

CONVICTION – CATCH IT (A-) Conviction is a Heart Hitting True story of a sister fighting for her Brother for 18 years to get Justice. I must say more than movie, the story in itself is simply heart wrenching so, I really applaud for the director, producers for choosing such an incredible true story to be told on screen. The only flaw in the movie was its length and sometimes I found the editing of flashbacks little irritating. The performances in the movie are truly incredible and every time I saw Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, it brought tears in my eyes. The chemistry between these two actors is amazingly genuine and real. Even the young Brother and Sister played by Bailee Madison and Tobias Campbell had an awesome chemistry and it made the whole movie very relatable. Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver and Elle Bardha did a respectable job. One of the shocking performances in the movie is indeed from Juliet Lewis, who was outstanding in her 10mintutes role. My jaws were literally dropped to see her in middle aged role. You have to see to believe how good she was, I won't be shock if she gets an Oscar Nod for that. Overall, it's an inspiring tale of how far a Sister can go for her Brother, to get Justice. Truly Inspiring.

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