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Devil's Knot (2013)

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The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a Satanic ritual.

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Writers:

Paul Harris Boardman (screenplay), Scott Derrickson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Pam Hobbs
Colin Firth ... Ron Lax
Alessandro Nivola ... Terry Hobbs
James Hamrick ... Damien Echols
Seth Meriwether ... Jason Baldwin
Kristopher Higgins ... Jessie Misskelley (as Kris Higgins)
Amy Ryan ... Margaret Lax
Robert Baker ... Detective Bryan Ridge
Collette Wolfe ... Glori Shettles
Rex Linn ... Chief Inspector Gitchell
Bruce Greenwood ... Judge Burnett
Kristoffer Polaha ... Val Price
Matt Letscher ... Paul Ford
Michael Gladis ... Dan Stidham
Stephen Moyer ... John Fogleman
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Based on the actual events of the West Memphis Three, where three young boys were savagely murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. Spurred on by the demand from a grieving town, the local police act quickly to bring three "devil-worshipping" teenagers to trial. With their lives hanging in the balance, investigator Ron Lax is trying to find the truth between the town's need for justice and the guilt of the accused. Written by Anne Campbell

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Im Schatten der Wahrheit (In the shadow of the truth). (German DVD cover artwork) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2014 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Condenados See more »

Filming Locations:

Morrow, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Worldview Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Atom Egoyan's first American production. See more »

Goofs

West Memphis police cars in the movie are correct in terms of make, model and markings. But the lightbars used are red & blue. West Memphis patrol cars have always featured all-blue warning lights. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stevie Branch: [sings] Well, that's all right, mama / That's all right for you / That's all right, mama, just any way you do.
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Connections

Features Race with the Devil (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel of Death
Written by Jeff Hanneman (as Jeffery John Hanneman)
Performed by Slayer
Courtesy of American Recordings, LLC
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very well done but the documentary might be something you're looking for if you want all the details.
30 April 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Devil's Knot" is a slightly fictionalized account of a famous triple murder that happened in West Memphis, Arkansas back in 1993. Three young men were convicted of killing three small children and much of the evidence presented in court was testimony that the alleged perpetrators were young, listened to heavy metal music and had an interest in the occult...along with about 10,000,000 other teens at that time! The film talks a lot about the conflicting evidence, recanted testimony and holes in the case. And, it gives two other possible perpetrators who were never prosecuted. But, because the community was looking for convictions and because there was a strong cultural belief in the existence of satanic murder cults, folks seemed more than willing to see these three teens convicted…and so they were.

The film does work very well in convincing the audience and providing an entertaining film. Your heart will certainly get caught up in the film and it will have a strong impact on viewers. The director, production staff and everyone associated with the film did quite well. When it comes to the acting, it was also very good all around. I was particularly impressed by Colin Firth--who sounded amazingly NON-British in the movie. This came as a bit surprise.

If you are looking for a thorough examination of the killings, the folks involved and subsequent trial, this film may leave you a bit cold, unfortunately. For dramatic reasons, the film chose to focus on one particular mother (probably because she was played by Reese Witherspoon) and completely ignored the other two grieving families--a very, very odd omission to say the least and something that seems a bit offensive. If you are interested in all the details of the case, then see "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills", "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations", and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory"—three documentaries about the infamous 'Memphis Three' directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky

Overall, the movie is a good, well-constructed drama and a reasonably fair representation of the case--albeit far from a perfect one. It's worth seeing and entertaining but not a film for kids to see because of the subject matter. And, if you do watch, you might want to keep some Kleenex handy...it has a few gut-wrenching moments.


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