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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 »

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... Tom Cherry
... Bobby Frank Cherry
Brenda Bazinet ... Virginia Cherry
... Young Tom
... Dalton Strong
... Garrick Jones
Jessica Gray Charles ... Denise McNair
Funmiola Lawson ... Cynthia Wesley
... Carole Robertson
Isys Alexis ... Mae Collins (as Isys McKoy)
Mica Le John ... Sarah Collins
... Mrs. Wesley
Delores Etienne ... Older Woman at Church (as Dolores Ettienne)
... Sunday School Teacher
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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4 innocent girls, a son filled with questions, a father with a secret See more »

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6 January 2002 (USA)  »

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Excellent Telefilm
31 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Well made telefilm with strong performances from Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins and Brenda Bazinet. The subject matter (Birmingham Church bombing of 1963 that killed four girls) has been told before, but this movie works because Sizemore plays the grown son of Bobby Cherry, the last remaining bomber alive who was still free of justice, and the movie flashes back to when Sizemore was a small child experiencing racism first hand. In the present, haunted by the memories of the day, he decides the only thing he can do to stop the generational perpetuation of racism is to turn his father in and put him away for good. Pielmeier's writing is exemplary and Dornhelm's directing sets the table for compelling drama. A very well made film despite Ving Rhames' over the top performance.


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