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The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (1999)

A black teenager Stephen Lawrence is killed. That event strike to his parents, his murderers, police, entire society.


Paul Greengrass


Paul Greengrass
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Doreen Lawrence
Hugh Quarshie ... Neville Lawrence
Leon Black Leon Black ... Stephen Lawrence
Ashley Walters ... Stuart Lawrence
Millicent Gezi Millicent Gezi ... Georgina Lawrence
Joseph Kpobie ... Duwayne Brooks
Brian Bovell Brian Bovell ... Uncle
Jo Martin ... Cheryl Stoley
Shaun Chawdhary Shaun Chawdhary ... Imran Khan
Kenneth Cranham ... Michael Mansfield QC
David Calder ... Sir Paul Condon
Stafford Gordon Stafford Gordon ... DAC Ian Johnston
Michael Feast ... DCS Ilsley
David Schaal ... DS Bevan
Jenny Tarren Jenny Tarren ... WDC Holden


Stephen Lawrence was a black London teenager attacked by white racists. His mother Doreen and father Neville fought to have the events properly investigated, culminating in a judicial enquiry into the events, and the inadequate investigation into the events by the Metropolitan Police, London's police force.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller



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Release Date:

21 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zabójstwo Stephena Lawrence'a See more »

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Doreen Lawrence: When my son was murdered, the police saw him as a criminal belonging to a gang. My son was stereotyped. He was black, then he must be a criminal, and they set about investigating him and us. My son's crime was that he was walking down the road looking for a bus that would take him home. Our crime is living in a country where the justice system supports racist murderers against innocent people. But still, we followed all the steps open to us. But one by one, the doors were closed in our faces. ...
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Riveting and docudrama
22 January 2002 | by wjficklingSee all my reviews

I saw this on PBS Masterpiece Theater last night, and it is riveting. Although it is performed by professional actors, it has the look and feel of a documentary. This is largely due to the use of a hand held camera. It tells the story of a young black man in England who was murdered by a group of white hooligans. This was followed by a bungles police investigation, which led to the obviously guilty suspects going free. To this day, no one has been convicted in the crime. This docudrama shows that the USA does not have a monopoly on racism or on police incompetence.

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