MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 862 this week

West of Memphis (2012)

7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 5,014 users   Metascore: 80/100
Reviews: 26 user | 106 critic | 27 from Metacritic.com

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 04 Oct 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 07 May 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "West of Memphis" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: West of Memphis (2012)

West of Memphis (2012) on IMDb 7.9/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of West of Memphis.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore
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
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Damien Wayne Echols, Melissa Byers, Norris Deajon
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg
Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam
An Open Secret I (2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

An investigation into accusations of teenagers being sexually abused within the film industry.

Director: Amy Berg
Stars: Todd Bridges, Joey Coleman, Marc Collins-Rector
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A thousand years ago, in England, the crazy monk Elmer wears a pair of wings and tries to fly from a high tower. He dies, and his soul is doomed to the eternity in hell for committing ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Hiles
Stars: Timothy Balme, Nicola Murphy, Marton Csokas
Drama

West Memphis Three." Murder and deception in a small Arkansas town. Three boys committed of a horrific murder, but did they do it? Based on True Events.. Genre: Drama/thriller/True Crime

Director: Monte Hellman
Stars: Jacob Reynolds
Documentary | Biography | Crime

When Warren Jeffs rose to Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, he took control of a religion with a history of polygamous and underage marriage. In a short time, ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Berg
Director: Amy Berg
Stars: Queen Underwood
Documentary

A look at how corporations influence the American Electoral system.

Director: Amy Berg
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Baden ...
Himself (as Dr. Michael Baden)
...
Himself
Holly Ballard ...
Herself
Jamie Clark Ballard ...
Herself
Jennifer Bearden ...
Herself
Patrick Benca ...
Himself
Steve Braga ...
Himself
Karen Bruewer ...
Herself
David Burnett ...
Himself
John Mark Byers ...
Himself (as Mark Byers)
Michael Carson ...
Himself
Dennis Carter ...
Himself
Joyce Cureton ...
Herself
...
Herself
Vincent Di Maio ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

West of Memphis is an examination of a failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it, the filmmakers' unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense, allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

22 November 2012 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

West of Memphis  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,360 (USA) (28 December 2012)

Gross:

$309,864 (USA) (19 April 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Episode #10.1 (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Lyrical, philosophical, humane and informative..."
19 June 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

American screenwriter, producer and documentary filmmaker Amy J. Berg's second documentary feature which she co-wrote with screenwriter and film editor Billy McMillin and co-produced, premiered in the Documentary Premieres section at the 28th Sundance Film Festival in 2012, was screened in the Mavericks section at the 37st Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in USA and is an American production which was produced by producers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis. It tells the story about American 16-year-old Charles Jason Baldwin, American 17-year-old Jessie Lloyd Misskelley Jr and American 18-year-old Michael Wayne Echols who in June, 1993 in the city of West Memphis in the state of Arkansas in Crittenden county, USA was arrested for the triple homicide of three 8-year-old boys named Michael Moore, Steve Branch and Christopher Byers whose bodies were found by a former Juvenile officer named Steve Jones and a policeman named Mike Allen in a pond in the Robin Hood Hills.

Distinctly and subtly directed by American filmmaker Amy J. Berg, this fourth documentary about the now well-known West Memphis Three which was preceded by American filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" (1996), "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations" (2000) and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" (2011), is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a more multidimensional portrayal of the place where two young men were sentenced to life imprisonment and one to death by the Arkansas Supreme Court in the year of 1994, focuses mostly on the story of Damien Echols and reexamines the case which has engaged filmmakers, actors, musicians, journalists, defense attorneys, activists and people from all over the world in a common action to get the three men who become preys of a satirical judicial system exonerated. While notable for its distinct and atmospheric milieu depictions and the sterling cinematography by French cinematographer Maryse Alberti and Irish cinematographer Ronan Killeen, this narrative-driven retelling of a criminal case which began two decades from today, which as the former documentaries proves how horrible things can turn out when people in power decides to play almighty and self-righteously impose their judgment on people they regard as inferior and which deprived the freedom of three American citizens and isolated them from the civilized society for eighteen years, introduces new interviews, theories and stories and contains a timely score by Australian musicians and composers Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

This investigative, educational and scrutinizing study of a 20th and 21st century tragedy which is set mostly in the American South and which through a wide range of conversations with people who has, still is and will always be connected to the case describes the significance of the media and politics in this matter and points pretty clearly as to who the real perpetrator might be, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, subtle continuity and nuanced style of filmmaking. A lyrical, philosophical, humane and informative documentary feature which brings forth unheard voices, acknowledges the many people who stood by the three convicted boys who became the earliest and most accessible targets of hatred and condemnation until their arduous and disregarded call for justice prevailed and underlines how a pivotal union between a once aspiring magician and a woman who dedicated her life to a man on death row was born in the midst of this real life horror story which began on a day in May, 1993 when three boys went missing.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Damien Ttebow15
i really want to believe in their innocence but... simonwilliams555
Analyzing Jessie's 02/08/94 'Bible Confession' cosmo_the_writer
What were the WM3's alibis? strongbad-274-706634
What is the point of the snapping turtle argument? Maverick410
If they didn't do it, who did? Maverick410
Discuss West of Memphis (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page