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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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 Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000) See more »

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It was fun!
19 May 2006 | by a_red_jeep_91See all my reviews

As a featured extra on the film, jury foreman, I very much enjoyed working on the film. Everyone was very very good to work with. I have done theater but this was my first film in front of the camera. EVERYONE was really great!!! Not only on camera but behind the scenes they were all wonderful people. The actors and crew were all very nice, helpful and understanding of the mistakes we made as non professionals. I have worked with other directors and Terry is one of the best.

We here in Monroeville would love to give them a very special thanks for all the things they did to help save the courthouse and the other work they did before and after hurricane Ivan.


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