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The Central Park Five (2012)

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A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antron McCray ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (voice)
Kevin Richardson Kevin Richardson ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted
Yusef Salaam ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted
Raymond Santana ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted
Kharey Wise ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (as Korey Wise)
Matias Reyes Matias Reyes ... Himself - Confessed Rapist (archive footage) (archive sound)
Jim Dwyer Jim Dwyer ... Himself - New York Times
Angela Black Angela Black ... Herself - Kevin's Sister
Ed Koch ... Himself - Former Mayor, New York
Craig Steven Wilder Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself - Historian
LynNell Hancock LynNell Hancock ... Herself - Journalist
Calvin O. Butts III Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself - Reverend (as Rev. Calvin Butts)
Raymond Santana Sr. Raymond Santana Sr. ... Himself - Raymond's Father
Michael Warren Michael Warren ... Himself - Lawyer
Natalie Byfield Natalie Byfield ... Herself - Daily News
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Storyline

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice. Written by CP5

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los cinco de Central Park See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,570, 23 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$273,747, 6 January 2013
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Florentine Films,WETA See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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[last lines]
Antron McCray: The truth came out. Truth came out.
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Featured in Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017) See more »

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Total Kaos
Written by Parrish Smith and Erick Sermon
Published by Songs Music Publishing, LLC
o.b.o Songs of SMP (ASCAP)
Performed by EPMD
Courtesy of Priority Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Denial of a fundamental rite
22 September 2013 | by sbrad4510See all my reviews

This is a taut and suspenseful piece of documentation. It will get your dander up. Especially if you believe in the democratic principals of freedom and justice. It's about five young men whose fundamental rite of passage was stripped from them. They were forced to spend their formative years being caught up in a justice system gone awry. That precious time of life when we get to decide who we are and what we are to become. Those transformative years between 13 and 18 when we get to make the declaration of 'I Am'! If you're left wondering 'Who am I' at the end of that period something has been stolen from you that can never be replaced. That's what this documentary is ultimately about-and it will leave you questioning 'Who are we'? That boys lives can be compromised-the promise of becoming. You can almost see the direct correlation between The Central Park Five and Trayvon Martin, African and Latino American boys being denied the rite of becoming. It is a human tragedy of which we all should feel some sense of shame.


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