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West of Memphis (2012)

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An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

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Amy Berg
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Baden Michael Baden ... Himself (as Dr. Michael Baden)
Jason Baldwin ... Himself
Holly Ballard Holly Ballard ... Herself
Jamie Clark Ballard Jamie Clark Ballard ... Herself
Jennifer Bearden Jennifer Bearden ... Herself
Patrick Benca Patrick Benca ... Himself
Steve Braga Steve Braga ... Himself
Karen Bruewer Karen Bruewer ... Herself
David Burnett David Burnett ... Himself
John Mark Byers ... Himself (as Mark Byers)
Michael Carson Michael Carson ... Himself
Dennis Carter Dennis Carter ... Himself
Heather Crawford Heather Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)
Joyce Cureton Joyce Cureton ... Herself
Lorri Davis ... Herself
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Storyline

West of Memphis is an examination of a failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it, the filmmakers' unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense, allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South. Written by Production

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Documentary | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2012 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

West of Memphis See more »

Filming Locations:

Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,360, 28 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$309,864, 21 April 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)

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1.85 : 1
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Damien Wayne Echols: The thing I like most about time is that it's not real. It's all in the head. Sure, it's a useful trick if you wanna meet someone at a specific place in the universe to have tea or coffee. But that's all it is, a trick. There's no such thing as the past, it exists only in the memory. There's no such thing as the future, it exists only in our imagination. If our watches were truly accurate the only thing they would ever say is now.
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Arkansas Supreme Court Decision
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Compelling
29 July 2012 | by trjgrubb-230-225088See all my reviews

Just saw this at the premier in Wellington. It is a great film. The events themselves are incredible and this documentary more than does them justice.

Its late in the evening and I can't go into a long review - I also think I need to let the film sink in. My initial feeling is that this is a really amazing film - it is very carefully crafted and is a deeply compelling study on justice, family, love, commitment and friendship.

My head is spinning a bit. Watching the film felt like sitting in a room with all of those involved - listening to them talk and sharing their experience. It was such a messed up crime and the subsequent events so shocking that this has left me feeling a bit shocked.


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