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Heavens Fall (2006)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 20 July 2006 (USA)
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Two young woman accuse nine black youths of rape in the segregated South.

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Terry Green

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Terry Green
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Samuel Leibowitz
David Strathairn ... Judge James Horton
Leelee Sobieski ... Victoria Price
Anthony Mackie ... William Lee
Bill Sage ... Thomas Knight, Jr.
Azura Skye ... Ruby Bates
James Tolkan ... Thomas Knight, Sr.
Bill Smitrovich ... George Chamlee
Maury Chaykin ... Lyle Harris
Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Joseph Brodsky
B.J. Britt ... Haywood Patterson
Lew Temple ... Wade Wright
Francie Swift ... Belle Leibowitz
Ian Nelson ... Lester Carter
Will Owens ... E.L. Lewis
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Storyline

Successful New York attorney Sam Leibowitz travels to the South in 1933 to defend nine young black men accused of raping two women on an Alabama freight train. In the spring of 1931 nine black hoboes were pulled off an Alabama freight train and arrested for allegedly raping two young white women in a gondola car. Ranging in ages from twelve to twenty years, they were quickly tried and sentenced to the electric chair. News of their convictions spread and the plight of the Scottsboro Boys became a 'cause celebre' that fueled the fire of socialism worldwide, forcing an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and resulting in new trials for all nine defendants. New Yorker Samuel Leibowitz, a savvy and self-assured defense lawyer with an impressive string of courtroom victories, agreed to represent the accused at their retrials in Decatur, Alabama. His journey into the Deep South symbolized the polarity of the times and set in motion a legal battle that ultimately changed the course of ... Written by Terry Green

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Taglines:

Let Justice Be Done. Though The Heavens May Fall.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including some dialogue | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Strata Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Busca pela Justiça See more »

Filming Locations:

Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Strata Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the final part of filming, production was shut down for three or four days because Hurricane Ivan going through Monroeville, Ala., where the film was being shot. The crew helped board up windows at the courthouse where the courtroom scenes were shot and even loaned the police a generator to keep the 911 service running. See more »

Goofs

The opening sequence, a series of vignettes showing the events which led to the trial, is set on a freight train in 1931. Twice, the modern Diesel-electric locomotive heading the train comes into shot. And, for most of the sequence, the train is stationary. See more »

Quotes

Judge James Horton: Let justice be done though the heavens may fall.
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Connections

Version of Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys (1976) See more »

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Great film about a disturbing but true story
26 March 2010 | by les6969See all my reviews

There is much about this film that makes it a good film, the cast are all very good and seem perfect in their respective roles. There are many different emotions and ways of thinking being portrayed and this is all done really well. In many ways this film reminds me of 'A time to kill', but it is shocking to think that the events portrayed really happened, and not that far into the past either. The racism and segregation that existed in the southern states of the USA are in many ways worse than apartheid in South Africa. To think that otherwise intelligent, moral and well mannered people can have such idiotic views regarding people of a different colour is astounding and America should be deeply ashamed of this. I wonder what some of the real people as portrayed in this film now think of their Black President? I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoyed 'A time to kill' or 'To kill a mocking bird'.


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