7.5/10
3,813
29 user 18 critic

Brother's Keeper (1992)

This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's of a family of 4 brothers (the other 3 being Roscoe, Lyman and William - Bill, for ... See full summary »
10 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Delbert Ward Delbert Ward ... Self
Roscoe Ward Roscoe Ward ... Self
Lyman Ward Lyman Ward ... Self
Walt Geisler Walt Geisler ... Self - Ward Supporter
Ken Elmer Ken Elmer ... Self - Neighbor
John Teeple John Teeple ... Self - Neighbor
Dave Goff Dave Goff ... Self - Cousin
Joseph F. Loszynski Joseph F. Loszynski ... Self - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State Police (as Captain Joseph F. Loszynski)
Harry Thurston Harry Thurston ... Self - Friend
Ralph A. Cognetti Ralph A. Cognetti ... Self - Defense Attorney
Maynard A. Cosnett Maynard A. Cosnett ... Self - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State Police (as Investigator Maynard A. Cosnett)
John W. Graham John W. Graham ... Self - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State Police (as Investigator John W. Graham)
Robert J. Killough Robert J. Killough ... Self - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State Police (as Investigator Robert J. Killough)
Donald F. Cerio Donald F. Cerio ... Self - Madison County District Attorney
Edit

Storyline

This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's of a family of 4 brothers (the other 3 being Roscoe, Lyman and William - Bill, for short), working as semi-literate farmers, and living together in isolation in a ramshackle shack, until William's death. The subsequent police investigation and medical examiner's autopsy suggested Bill may not have died from natural causes, and Delbert was arrested on charges of second-degree murder. Under questioning by police, Delbert appears to have waived his rights and signed a confession, but, it seems he might not have been competent, and was coerced into doing so. The film explores possible motives for the crime, from mercy-killing (Bill was ill at the time), to progressively more outré hypotheses. It also shows how residents of the rural community of Munnsville, NY rallied to the support of one of their own (residents previously considered the Wards as social outcasts), against what they ... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in October 1997. See more »

Crazy Credits

Flash, the editing room dog. See more »

User Reviews

 
Poetic in its delivery
23 June 2007 | by scottennisSee all my reviews

This film was not made to be entertaining, as far as I can tell. That is not an indictment of the film; it is an indictment of the biggest reason people go to see films.

As I watched this film, I was transported into another place. I presume that place is where the filmmakers wanted me to go. It was not a "fun" or "exciting" place. It was simply a place where I could be and feel otherwise than I am and do right now.

I live within bicycle riding distance of the location of the events in this film, yet I got closer than I ever will to them through the craftsmanship of the filmmakers.

The music, the imagery, and the way the story was presented combined to provide me with a notable experience. This story is now part of me.

Thanks to the filmmakers.


12 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brother's Keeper See more »

Filming Locations:

Munnsville, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,758, 13 September 1992

Gross USA:

$1,305,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,305,915
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed