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Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

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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 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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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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1.85 : 1
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An amazing documentary--everything it should be
26 October 2002 | by EverwasSee all my reviews

I don't need to say much about how good this documentary is--it's truly an amazing piece of true narrative. The story is simple enough: a white senior citizen tourist is murdered by a young black man in Florida, and the boy who is arrested is mistreated and put on trial with only the public defender and his family on his side. It's very enthralling, and the public defender is a joy to watch in all his human ways--you can't help but pull for the triumph of justice, and the ending fulfills more than could be expected of a true story.

It's a shame more people haven't seen this documentary, but hopefully you will find a way to watch it. For those interested in race relations in the United States, and the actual workings of law enforcement and the legal process, it's well worth your time and effort to find this documentary. I give it a 10.


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