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The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, History | 23 November 2012 (USA)
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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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... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (voice)
Kevin Richardson ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted
... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted
... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted
... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (as Korey Wise)
Matias Reyes ... Himself - Confessed Rapist (archive footage) (archive sound)
Jim Dwyer ... Himself - New York Times
Angela Black ... Herself - Kevin's Sister
... Himself - Former Mayor, New York
Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself - Historian
LynNell Hancock ... Herself - Journalist
Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself - Reverend (as Rev. Calvin Butts)
Raymond Santana Sr. ... Himself - Raymond's Father
Michael Warren ... Himself - Lawyer
Natalie Byfield ... Herself - Daily News
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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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$30,570, 23 November 2012, Limited Release

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$273,747, 6 January 2013
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Antron McCray: The truth came out. Truth came out.
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A powerful if quiet indictment of a society's failings
27 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Any story of justice denied, of people wrongfully imprisoned is inherently dramatic. But Ken Burns uses this case of five frightened teen aged boys prodded and manipulated into confessing to a crime they didn't commit to dig into some larger societal issues as well. Yes, the police and prosecutors look bad for the way they mislead the kids into confessions, and then steadfastly refuse to look at other evidence. But the press also comes off badly for exploiting the case to sell papers and satisfy a frightened city's desire for law and order, instead of asking questions when it became clear things simply weren't adding up. And politicians for expressing condemnation and outrage at these young men before they were even (wrongly) convicted. A strong and pointed warning about those times when society's desire for revenge overcomes it's sense of logic, humanity and fairness.


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