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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.

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... Pam Hobbs
... Ron Lax
... Terry Hobbs
... Damien Echols
... Jason Baldwin
... Jessie Misskelley (as Kris Higgins)
... Margaret Lax
... Detective Bryan Ridge
... Glori Shettles
... Chief Inspector Gitchell
... Judge Burnett
... Val Price
... Paul Ford
... Dan Stidham
... 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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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Based on the 2002 book "Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three". See more »

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Pam and her husband Terry drive up to the dead end road where all the first responders are gathered, to find out the news that they have found the dead bodies of the 3 missing boys. There are 2 actors walking right behind Pam (Reese Witherspoon) as she is walking up the police, then standing right behind her when she hears the news. Upon hearing the news that her son's body was found, Pam faints and the man and women standing behind her catch her and help her to the ground. But a split second before Pam falls to the ground, the male actor on the left braces for her fall and puts his hand on Pam's (Reese's) back to help her, before she actually falls. See more »

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[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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Features Race with the Devil (1975) See more »

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Alter of Sacrifice
Written by Jeff Hanneman (as Jeffery John Hanneman) and Kerry King
Performed by Slayer
Courtesy of American Recordings, LLC
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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a decent summary of the defense's case
16 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

I have seen a lot of people trash this film, and if you are looking for something on the level of Angelina Jolie's "Changeling", you will be disappointed. If though, you are tolerant of a low budget but effective dramatization of a very tangled, disturbing, and tragic story about 3 young boys losing their lives to murder and 3 young men losing their lives to a group of detectives and justice system blinded by emotion, you will appreciate this film. Reece is fantastic as the mom of one of the victims. She is the big name in the film, though you will recognize several actors who are not quite up to her level of star power. I am a bit of a junkie on this case, and I was not disappointed. I think it does a fair job of presenting the defense's perspective. Granted, if you think they are guilty, and there are many who do, then you will be angered by its presentation. Nonetheless, I was very pleased with it.


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