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Deadline (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2004 (USA)
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A documentary on Illinois Governor George Ryan, who, with 60 days left in office, makes a decision on the fate of death row prisoners.


Charles Olivier
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Credited cast:
Anthony Amsterdam Anthony Amsterdam ... Self - Defense Attorney, Furman v. Georgia
Jeanne Bishop Jeanne Bishop ... Self - Opposes Death Penalty
Stephen Bright Stephen Bright ... Self - Southern Center for Human Rights
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Donald Cabana Donald Cabana ... Self - Former Warden, Parchman Prison
John Chancellor ... Self (archive footage)
Tom Cross Tom Cross ... Self - Illinois House Republican Leader
Robert Curley Robert Curley ... Self - Opposes Death Penalty
Renny Cushing Renny Cushing ... Self - Executive Director, Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation
Gary Gauger Gary Gauger ... Self - Exonerated Death Row Inmate
Cornelia Grumman Cornelia Grumman ... Self - Chicago Tribune
Lawrence Hayes Lawrence Hayes ... Self - Convicted of Murder, 1972
Bill Jenkins Bill Jenkins ... Self - Opposes Death Penalty
Grayland Johnson Grayland Johnson ... Self - Convicted of Murder, 1988
Elaine Jones Elaine Jones ... Self - NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund


A documentary on Illinois Governor George Ryan, who, with 60 days left in office, makes a decision on the fate of death row prisoners.

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important issue
10 December 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In 2002, pro-death penalty Illinois Governor George Ryan is at the end of his term. A group of Northwestern student does a class project and exonerates death row inmates. The Chicago Tribune writes about the story and Ryan comes to question the infallibility of the death sentence. Ryan claims 13 are released with 12 executed. The system has become no better than a coin flip. He institutes a clemency board to review all of the convictions. The movie examines the history of the death penalty from its use against minorities, the 1972 Supreme Court case abolishing it, the 1976 case reinstating it and various convicts facing that final walk.

It's a compelling and important issue. It's also a fascinating moment in time for this issue. This has plenty of information. However it's not much more than a TV investigative report. It's very scattered. It needs to concentrate on fewer people. The doc needs to concentrate on that university class and their cases and Governor Ryan. Some of the convicts seem to be presented as innocent but they are just as easily be lying.

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2004 (USA) See more »

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Life After Death Row See more »

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Illinois, USA

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