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Sins of the Father (2002)

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Based on true events, this film recounts the story of Bobby Frank Cherry (Richard Jenkins), who participated in the infamous 1963 bombing of a Birmingham, Ala., church that left four black ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Dornhelm

Writers:

Pamela Colloff (magazine article in Texas Monthly), John Pielmeier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Sizemore ... Tom Cherry
Richard Jenkins ... Bobby Frank Cherry
Brenda Bazinet ... Virginia Cherry
Lachlan Murdoch ... Young Tom
Colm Feore ... Dalton Strong
Ving Rhames ... Garrick Jones
Jessica Gray Charles Jessica Gray Charles ... Denise McNair
Funmiola Lawson Funmiola Lawson ... Cynthia Wesley
Aaryn Doyle ... Carole Robertson
Isys Alexis ... Mae Collins (as Isys McKoy)
Mica Le John Mica Le John ... Sarah Collins
Kim Roberts ... Mrs. Wesley
Delores Etienne Delores Etienne ... Older Woman at Church (as Dolores Ettienne)
Sandi Ross ... Sunday School Teacher
Ardon Bess Ardon Bess ... Minister at Church
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Based on true events, this film recounts the story of Bobby Frank Cherry (Richard Jenkins), who participated in the infamous 1963 bombing of a Birmingham, Ala., church that left four black girls dead. Decades later, the investigation is reopened and Bobby is the prime suspect. When Bobby's middle-aged son, Tom (Tom Sizemore), is confronted with difficult questions from the police, he must decide whether to protect his father from the law, or turn him in and finally let justice be served.

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Thirty years ago a tragic event shocked the nation. Now, one son must find the courage to tell the truth and bring his father to justice. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apám bűnei See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Triple-X Tom (2005) See more »

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Alabama Burning
24 June 2005 | by ladenblakSee all my reviews

Powerful and moving. The struggle between father and son, right and wrong and the definition of true and lasting friendship are the catalysts of this compelling film. Ving Rhames is phenomenal (as always). Tom Sizemore portrays a son who, as a child, witnessed the racially motivated terroristic acts of his father. He is torn by the bond that should exist between a father and son and that thin line of loyalty he feels is owed, even though he knows it is wrong. Ving Rhames portrays Sizemore's best friend. He literally steals the show with his powerful on screen presence. The subtle exchanges as these two men, one who knows what his father has done, and the other who knows he knows, are riveting and truly thought provoking. Justice, in the end, brings us some sense of closure and joy, but they are tainted by the years of silent secrets that came before.


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