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An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Crime | 11 March 2013 (USA)
'Our procedure has been always haunted by the ghost of the innocent man convicted. It is an unreal dream.' - Justice Learned Hand, 1923. The prospect of unjust imprisonment is a plight both... See full summary »

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'Our procedure has been always haunted by the ghost of the innocent man convicted. It is an unreal dream.' - Justice Learned Hand, 1923. The prospect of unjust imprisonment is a plight both easily imagined and terrifying, and we all wonder how we might fare in such a grim circumstance. No case in modern America illuminates this condition more completely than the story of Michael Morton. in 1986 his young wife was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and he was accused and convicted of the crime, spending a quarter century in Texas prisons. His unreal dream was and is a powerful journey through despair and abandonment to a greater freedom than most of us know, but all can appreciate. Written by Al Reinert

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Heartbreaking documentary
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An ordinary Texas family man in 1986, married with a young son and employed at a local supermarket, becomes the one and only suspect in his wife's death after she is found bludgeoned to death in their home (the prosecutors case rested almost solely on a half-joking note the accused wrote to his spouse the night before she was murdered, complaining of a lack of sex in their marriage). Convicted by a jury either misinformed or lacking general knowledge of "beyond a reasonable doubt", Michael Morton faced an emotionally-wrenching journey for the truth which stretched over a 25-year period, with saints and sinners lining his path. Thoroughly absorbing, fascinating and, ultimately, life-affirming documentary about faith in the system, even when that system appears to have let you down. Morton has not let his grueling years spent in prison break his spirit; just the opposite, he's a fighter who found his spirit, his reason for being, while waiting for vindication behind bars. A handsome man, one who amusingly bears a slight resemblance to George W. Bush, Morton has a story that is scarily universal: anyone among us could be Michael Morton. It's our fight for the truth that gives us our integrity, which leads to wisdom and understanding--and bliss!--upon exoneration. ***1/2 from ****


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