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Once Upon a Crime: The Borrelli Davis Conspiracy (2014)

Seven years ago director Sheldon Wilson set out to tell a story involving crooked cops, a mafia Godfather, murder, a public poisoning, Elvis Presley, prison gang leaders and a ... See full summary »


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Seven years ago director Sheldon Wilson set out to tell a story involving crooked cops, a mafia Godfather, murder, a public poisoning, Elvis Presley, prison gang leaders and a cocaine-addicted newspaper editor who printed it all. As it turns out, this was just the beginning of the story. ONCE UPON A CRIME: The Borrelli - Davis Conspiracy, follows the extraordinary story of two innocent men whose lives are torn apart solely because of their race. Mike Borrelli, an Italian-American NYPD detective and his partner Bob Davis, one of the first African-American detectives in New York, are convicted for committing first-degree murder for one of New York's most notorious crime bosses. But Mike Borrelli and Bob Davis are innocent. Law enforcement agents know it too, but they are hell bent to connect the murder to the mafia; incredibly, they give the real killer immunity and place him into witness protection in exchange for his false testimony against the two officers. This film reveals the ... Written by Anonymous

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A true story. Based on lies.



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One of my most moving cinematic experiences
22 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't remember what film I intended to see that evening at the Austin Film Festival, but deterred by the long line I headed up the street to see what was playing at the State. What I found was one of the most moving and memorable cinematic experiences of my life. This story deserved to be brought to light, and Sheldon Wilson more than did justice for two men who haven't received much of that.

As Mike Borelli and Bob Davis become more entangled in this police blunder, the film is fair to both sides, but thorough enough to show how ludicrous the case becomes. With all the facts laid out, this case becomes a landmark for the need of police department oversight. The film handles the issue of the victims' race practically, without dwelling on it. There is really no narration required as the incredible interview footage allows the judges and policemen to put their feet in their mouths again and again. But the documentary is so much more than an exposure of a tragic injustice. It takes an incredibly inspirational turn as we see how Mike and Bob respond to their persecution: with optimism and forgiveness. I cannot imagine what these gentlemen felt when something this unfair happened to them, but their response is what humbled everyone in the audience.

As the lights came back on, the filmmakers took the stage and introduced the two main subjects. I'll never forget the moment I realized that these two men, who have been through more than I ever will, were sitting in front of me for their film's premiere; free men surrounded by their family and friends.

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