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Conviction (2010)

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Conviction is a movie starring Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, and Melissa Leo. 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.

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9 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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... Betty Anne Waters
... Kenny Waters
... Law Professor (as Thomas Mahard)
... Ben
... Richard
... Law Professor 2
... Aidan
... Abra Rice
... Don
... Nancy Taylor
Rusty Mewha ... Desk Sergeant
... Officer Boisseau
... Young Betty Anne
... Young Kenny
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

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The incredible true story of Betty Anne Waters See more »

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Biography | Drama

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

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5 November 2010 (USA)  »

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$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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Although the family of the murder victim Katharina Brow requested a meeting with producer/star Hilary Swank, that has not happened. They have hired Gloria Allred with intention to sue Swank for not consulting them or putting their mother "in a better light." See more »

Goofs

In various scenes where Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell's characters are meeting in the jail, the Sprite that Hilary drinks from has the new logo from 2005 consisting of two yellow and green "halves" forming an "S" lemon/lime design. This logo had not yet been created during the implied times of these scenes. See more »

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Betty Anne Waters: [after hearing that his brother was convicted] We'll appeal, Kenny! We'll get you out!
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References Babe (1995) See more »

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Whiskey in the Jar
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Performed by Chris Hewitt and David Bagnall
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Hopefully this film will finally give Sam Rockwell, the recognition he deserves.
30 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Wow conviction is definitely a deeply moving film and very well acted by Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver and Juliette Lewis. However Sam Rockwell is the one who really shines in Conviction. He plays his role as this man who got wrongfully convicted of murder, really raw and powerful. His character had many different emotions in this film. He had to express many different emotional feelings in the role. He had to be angry, sad, and happy and he portrayed it very well. If he doesn't get an Oscar nomination for this film, I'd be truly surprised if he doesn't get his recognition, he is severely underrated, so much so that it actually angers me, that the Academy doesn't recognize Sam Rockwell because he is definitely overdue for an Oscar nomination or win.

10/10


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