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Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

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Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime | 26 February 2003 (France)
Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ann Finnell Ann Finnell ... Herself
Patrick McGuinness Patrick McGuinness ... Himself
James Williams James Williams ... Himself (as Detective James Williams)
Michael Glover Michael Glover ... Himself (as Detective Michael Glover)
Dwayne Darnell Dwayne Darnell ... Himself (as Detective Dwayne Darnell)
Brenton Butler Brenton Butler ... Himself
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On May 7, 2000, in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn in Jacksonville, Florida, 65-year-old Mary Ann Stephens is shot in the head before her husband's eyes. Ninety minutes later, 15-year-old Brenton Butler is arrested. For the investigators and the media it's just another messed-up youth, just another wasted life. Written by Jwelch5742

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France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2003 (France) See more »

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Murder on a Sunday Morning See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Deeply Touching Courtroom Drama That Will Stay With You Long After Viewing
11 February 2018 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

This stunning documentary captures a mesmerizing and deeply touching courtroom drama that will make you shout out in rage as well as cry. And you will cheer at a man who is a real-life hero; an angry, chain-smoking warrior whose commitment and dedication to this case provide a shining example for how EVERY defense attorney should work when there is so much at stake for the accused (alas, in real life, real justice mostly seems to be reserved for Hollywood movies). This film will stay with you long after you finished watching. 9 stars out of 10.

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