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The Central Park Five -- In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.
The Central Park Five -- A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park.
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Ken Burns (written by)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Reliving this horrific case through the eyes of the wrongfully convicted See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Antron McCray ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (voice) (also archive footage)
Kevin Richardson ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (also archive footage)

Yusef Salaam ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (also archive footage)

Raymond Santana ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (also archive footage)

Kharey Wise ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (also archive footage) (as Korey Wise)
Matias Reyes ... Himself - Confessed Rapist (archive footage) (archive sound)
Jim Dwyer ... Himself - New York Times
Angela Black ... Herself - Kevin's Sister

Ed Koch ... Himself - Former Mayor, New York (also archive footage)
Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself - Historian
LynNell Hancock ... Herself - Journalist
Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself - Reverend (as Rev. Calvin Butts)
Raymond Santana Sr. ... Himself - Raymond's Father (also archive footage)
Michael Warren ... Himself - Lawyer
Natalie Byfield ... Herself - Daily News
Saul Kassin ... Himself - Social Psychologist
Michael Joseph ... Himself - Defense Lawyer
David Dinkins ... Himself - Former Mayor, New York
Ronald Gold ... Himself - Juror #5
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Humberto Arroyo ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobby Burns ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Colangelo ... Himself (archive footage)

Mario Cuomo ... Himself (archive footage)
Howard Diller ... Himself (archive footage)
Linda Fairstein ... Herself (archive footage)

Rudy Giuliani ... Himself (archive sound) (as Rudolph W. Giuliani)
Bernard Goetz ... Himself (archive footage)
Carlos Gonzalez ... Himself (archive footage)
John Gotti ... Himself (archive footage)
John Hartigan ... Himself (archive footage)
Elizabeth Lederer ... Herself (archive footage)
Jack Maple ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobby McCray ... Himself (archive footage)
Linda McCray ... Herself (archive footage)
Colin Moore ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Morgenthau ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul L. Richardson ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Rivera ... Himself (archive footage)
Aaron Rosenthal ... Himself - Assistant Chief of Detectives (archive footage)
Sharonne Salaam ... Herself (archive footage)

Al Sharpton ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Sheehan ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mike Girard Sheehan)

Donald Trump ... Himself (archive footage)
Ben Ward ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Ken Burns 
Sarah Burns 
David McMahon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ken Burns  written by
Sarah Burns  written by
David McMahon  written by

Produced by
Chris Bongirne .... line producer
Ken Burns .... executive producer: Florentine Films
Ken Burns .... producer
Sarah Burns .... producer
Elle Carriere .... coordinating producer (as Elle Carriére)
Jim Corbley .... producer: WETA
Sarah Klein .... consulting producer
Tom Mason .... consulting producer
David McMahon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Doug Wamble 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony Savini 
Buddy Squires 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Levine 
 
Makeup Department
Meredith Soupios .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dalton Delan .... executive in charge of production: WETA
 
Art Department
George Colbert .... maps
Christine Cornell .... courtroom art
Nicholas Feldman .... graphic design
Guenter Vollath .... maps
 
Sound Department
Mark Amicucci .... audio relays
Meagan Frappiea .... dialogue editor
Ryan Gifford .... sound effects editor
Michael Kurihara .... sound recordist
Greg Linton .... sound recordist
Peter Miller .... sound recordist (as Peter J. Miller)
Mark Roy .... sound recordist
Michael Suarez .... audio relays (as Mike Suarez)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
John Zecca .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Richard Rubin .... digital image restoration
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jared Ames .... assistant camera
Joe Anderson .... assistant camera
Sergei Franklin .... steadicam operator
Ned Hallick .... gaffer
Kitama Seeger Jackson .... assistant camera (as Kitama Cahill-Jackson)
Ronan Killeen .... assistant camera
Tom Mason .... additional cinematography
Hutt Nassar .... grip
John Romeo .... assistant camera
Justyn Smith .... gaffer
Phillip Sorenson .... best boy (as Phil Sorenson)
Daniel J. White .... stand photography
 
Animation Department
Richard Rubin .... animation
 
Editorial Department
Michelle Ambruz .... arriscan technician
Chris Beardsley .... arriscan technician
Joseph Borges .... video technician
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist (as Jhn J. Dowdell III)
Matt Evans .... intern
Peter Heady .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
John Lednak .... video technician
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Shaina Holmes .... dailies producer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Erik Friedlander .... musician: cello
Ryan Hewitt .... music engineer
Jeb Patton .... musician: piano
Jacob Ribicoff .... music editor
Andy Taub .... music engineer
Doug Wamble .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
Paul Barnes .... advisor
Garrett J. Beltis .... production intern
Sarah Botstein .... advisor
Julie Burns .... advisor
Christopher Darling .... assistant to the director
Joe DePlasco .... national publicist: DKC Public Relations
Dayton Duncan .... advisor
Julie Dunfey .... advisor
Arielle Edelman .... production intern
Matthew Evans .... production intern
Moritz Fortmann .... credit sequence
Robert N. Gold .... legal services
Anne Harrington .... director: interactive media and engagement, WETA
Brenda Heath .... chief financial officer
Katie Hinsen .... credit sequence
Craig Impink .... foundation development: WETA
Stephanie Jenkins .... production coordinator
Kim Klein .... vice president for development
Patty Lawlor .... associate financial officer
Dave Mast .... technical director
Timothy McAleer .... production intern
Peter Miller .... advisor
Lynn Novick .... advisor
Drew Patrick .... legal services
Sharon Rockefeller .... president & CEO: WETA
Colleen Sackheim .... transcription services
Aubrey Sanders .... production intern
Barbara Thompson .... publicist
David S. Thompson .... project director: WETA
Rob Travalino .... production assistant
Geoffrey C. Ward .... advisor
David Magdael .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Ric Burns .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Taylor Krauss .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Mike Schmiedeler .... thanks
Michael Warren .... the filmmakers wish to thank
 

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Antron McCray:The truth came out. Truth came out.
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Reliving this horrific case through the eyes of the wrongfully convicted, 14 June 2014
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

As someone who remembers this case well, it's pretty sobering to be faced with these five men 23 years after the fact recounting their version of events that occurred when they were teens and hard not to feel sorry for them. Worse, one can't help but wonder how such a miscarriage of justice could have happened with everybody watching. All I can think is that these boys were handy scapegoats for a decade of out-of-control crime and violence in New York and they became sacrificial lambs. Somebody had to pay the price. These five just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, admittedly doing the wrong thing (running with a mob of teens committing random attacks on white joggers and bicyclists), and the cops needed convenient suspects who were young and vulnerable enough to be manipulated into confessing to the most serious crime that occurred that night. Their convictions and a handful of other high-profile incidents during the Dinkins administration paved the way for the election of Rudolph Giuliani as mayor and a new era of proactive law enforcement and a relentless stop-and-frisk campaign aimed at black and Latino men in the city's poorer communities.

Does the film make its case without flaws? No. The deck is too stacked. They should have allowed some representative of the police or D.A.'s office to explain themselves. Michael F. Armstrong, counsel for the NYPD, says he spent half-a-day being interviewed on camera for the film and was then not included in the final cut. Some attention should have been given to what these five boys were doing in the park that night and what other crimes they themselves might have been implicated in. Yes, they describe some acts they saw being committed by other boys and either outright deny their involvement or couch it in vague terms. I think it would have been good to know if the police had direct evidence of these boys' participation in other crimes that night. For one thing, it would mean these kids might not have been the saints they're made out to be, which of course doesn't justify false accusations and wrongful convictions, as the most vocal critics of this film seem to think, but it means recognizing a significant gray area here. If they actually did participate in the mob violence that night, some attention might have been usefully paid to the whole issue of how seemingly otherwise good kids from poor but stable homes with fathers present in their lives can get caught up in that kind of lawlessness.

Also, more importantly, they should have had some expert on hand to address the whole phenomenon of false or coerced confessions and give their objective assessment of this particular case and perhaps give other known examples of established false confessions, just to provide some context and answer those critics who stand by the notion of absolute guilt based on confession. It's touched on in a couple of the interviews, but not by a recognized expert on the issue and not in any depth.

Still, it's a powerful piece and has far fewer Ken Burns-style gimmicks than we see in his other films. He manages to stay out of his own way for much of the time and let the interview subjects have their say. Maybe that's a result of having directorial collaborators.

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