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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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David McMahon (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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Makes for riveting and gob-smacking viewing 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)

Rudolph W. Giuliani ... Himself (archive sound)
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
Michael Warren .... the filmmakers wish to thank
 

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119 min
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Quotes:
[last lines]
Antron McCray:The truth came out. Truth came out.
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I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be FreeSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Makes for riveting and gob-smacking viewing, 6 June 2014
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Social injustice and the failure of the justice system has long been a favourite topic for documentary film-makers. It's been done to death, sometimes raising enough attention for the case that it leads directly or indirectly to releasing the incarcerated (The Thin Blue Line (1988), the Paradise Lost trilogy (1996-2011)), or exposes enough holes in the story to make you doubt the effectiveness of police interrogation and/or the legal system as a whole (Brother's Keeper (1992), Capturing the Friedmans (2003)). It's estimated that 10,000 innocent people go to jail every year, so naturally, this kind of thing keeps rearing it's ugly head, and it makes for riveting and gob-smacking viewing.

The 'Central Park Five' are Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, youths aged between 13-15 in 1989, who found themselves in the wrong place, in the wrong city, at the wrong time. Trisha Meili, a young jogger running through Central Park, New York, was viciously beaten, raped, and left for dead by Matias Reyes, a notorious rapist who confessed to the crime years later. The five boys were in a group of 30 or so others, some causing havoc and attacking people, when the police descended on them. Through long and intense interrogations, the five made false confessions to witnessing the crime, incriminating one another with the promise of being allowed to go home.

The first hour of The Central Park Five is its finest. Ken Burns, directing here with his daughter Sarah and her husband David McMahon, is a historian at heart, digging out terrific archive footage of a city consumed by crime and racial tension, in the midst of the AIDS outbreak and the savage crack wars. The young boys, all black or Latino, were nothing but scapegoats for the NYPD, who were looking for a quick and tidy conviction. The brutal witch-hunt they suffered following their arrest, and the lazy role of the press - labelling the boys actions before the assault as 'wildings' and failing to do any real investigating of their own - is representative of the social and racial divide. This was a time when the city averaged six homicides a day.

There is also a wealth of footage showing the boys' 'confessions', which are fascinating to see unravel. There is a special moment when Korey Wise is shown a picture of the victim's bruised and battered head, and the sound that leaves his mouth leaves you in doubt of his incapability of committing such an act. The second half of the film left me frustrated. There are no big, satisfying moments of anyone getting their just deserts, and the Five, now released from prison and cleared of guilt, shows a startling lack of bitterness to the ordeal they experienced. There's certainly a lack of anger to the film, both by those involved and the directors, and it leaves things a little cold. But perhaps that's the point, that reality really is that harsh, and closure is hard to come by.

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