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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 »

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

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Rated R for violence. | See all certifications »

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9 September 1992 (USA)  »

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Fylakas tou adelfou mou  »

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$1,305,915
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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 »

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Fly Wrangler: "Buzz" E. Winger See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brute Man (1996) See more »

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one of the greatest films i have seen
19 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

i saw this on PBS a few years ago and it haunted me for days. this is a totally unique film experience unlike any you have had or can imagine. it is a documentary, but just as hoop dreams smashed all preconceptions of what a documentary can be, so does this. it is riveting, gut wrenching, and incredibly suspenseful. it shows you characters and a world that are totally new and captivating. it is heartbreaking and uplifting. it moved me in every way i have every been moved by a movie, but without being manipulative or maudlin. it is yet another brilliant documentary snubbed by those ingorami at the academy. i guarantee that you will not come out of this unchanged. it is one of the greatest films i have ever seen (and i have seen a great many...)


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