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Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

Un coupable idéal (original title)
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 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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English

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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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Gripping affirmation of what we already know about Southern cops.
31 March 2002 | by gordem1See all my reviews

I'm pleased that this was the work of foreign cinematographers because it can't be accused of unfair bias. With absolutely no cause, the Jacksonville cops rush to judgment in this case and pick the first black suspect to accuse of the murder of a white, foreign tourist. They picked a 15 yr. old kid who is just about as close to a saint as you could randomly find and then make fools of themselves trying to pin an unlikely case against him. In addition to the unfairness resulting from the blatant prejudice there is the matter of 6 months of unjust imprisonment of a completely innocent young black teenager. It makes one question whether as a society we should compensate those who are charged, imprisoned and subsequently found innocent. This docudrama is well produced, professionally recorded and presented in a captivating package from which you won't want to take a 1 minute break. If you care about social justice, don't miss this one. It certainly deserved its Oscar.


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