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Conviction (2010)

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A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.

Director:

Tony Goldwyn

Writer:

Pamela Gray
9 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Betty Anne Waters
Sam Rockwell ... Kenny Waters
Thomas D. Mahard ... Law Professor (as Thomas Mahard)
Owen Campbell ... Ben
Conor Donovan ... Richard
Laurie Brown ... Law Professor 2
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Aidan
Minnie Driver ... Abra Rice
Ele Bardha ... Don
Melissa Leo ... Nancy Taylor
Rusty Mewha Rusty Mewha ... Desk Sergeant
Marc Macaulay ... Officer Boisseau
Bailee Madison ... Young Betty Anne
Tobias Campbell ... Young Kenny
Frank Zieger Frank Zieger ... Boyfriend
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Storyline

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The incredible true story of Betty Anne Waters See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty Anne Waters See more »

Filming Locations:

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,351, 17 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,783,129, 26 December 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The impetus for the movie was a 60 Minutes (1993) piece broadcast in 2002, after which there was a frenzy for the film rights. See more »

Goofs

At one point Betty Anne Waters Hilary Swank tells Kenny Sam Rockwell that it's a good thing Massachusetts doesn't have the death penalty or he could already be dead. This however is incorrect. Massachusetts still had the death penalty in 1983, when Kenny was convicted. It was abolished the following year in 1984. See more »

Quotes

Betty Anne Waters: I don't deserve a friend like you.
Abra Rice: You damn right, you don't!
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Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes III: Not in 3D (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven & Hell
Written by Angela McCluskey (as McCluskey) / Scott Roewe (as Roewe)
Performed by Wild Colonials
Licensed by Arrangement with St Bernadette Music (ASCAP) and Give A Wave Music (BMI)
Administered by Bug Music
Courtesy of DGC Records, Inc. by arrangement with Universal Music
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Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell were Excellent... Juliette Lewis is Outstanding in her 10mints Role. Wowww.
10 January 2011 | by saadgkhanSee all my reviews

CONVICTION – CATCH IT (A-) Conviction is a Heart Hitting True story of a sister fighting for her Brother for 18 years to get Justice. I must say more than movie, the story in itself is simply heart wrenching so, I really applaud for the director, producers for choosing such an incredible true story to be told on screen. The only flaw in the movie was its length and sometimes I found the editing of flashbacks little irritating. The performances in the movie are truly incredible and every time I saw Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, it brought tears in my eyes. The chemistry between these two actors is amazingly genuine and real. Even the young Brother and Sister played by Bailee Madison and Tobias Campbell had an awesome chemistry and it made the whole movie very relatable. Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver and Elle Bardha did a respectable job. One of the shocking performances in the movie is indeed from Juliet Lewis, who was outstanding in her 10mintutes role. My jaws were literally dropped to see her in middle aged role. You have to see to believe how good she was, I won't be shock if she gets an Oscar Nod for that. Overall, it's an inspiring tale of how far a Sister can go for her Brother, to get Justice. Truly Inspiring.


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