Documentary filmmakers assert that Anthony Porter - a former death-row inmate who was spared the death penalty thanks to the efforts of a college journalism program - was actually guilty, and an innocent man was sent to prison.


Shawn Rech (as Christopher S. Rech), Brandon Kimber (co-director)


Brandon Kimber





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dexter Hammett Dexter Hammett ... Alstory Simon (1999)
Joseph Alex Joseph Alex ... Anthony Porter
Jason Patrick Jason Patrick ... William Taylor
Denny Castiglione ... Paul Ciolino
Kevin Adelstein Kevin Adelstein ... David Protess
Aswan Harris ... Jerry Hillard
Sabrina McPherson Sabrina McPherson ... Marilyn Green
Derick Mayes Derick Mayes ... Alstory Simon (1982)
Tamicka Scruggs Tamicka Scruggs ... Inez Jackson
Tony Murphy Tony Murphy ... Porter's Accomplice
Christina Shaffer Christina Shaffer ... Shawn Armbrust
Giorgiana Lascu ... Cara Rubinski
Phillia Thomas Phillia Thomas ... Syandene Rhodes
Luke Hearty Luke Hearty ... Tom McCann
Sandra Mroczka Sandra Mroczka ... Erica LeBorgne


In 1999, just hours before his scheduled execution, convicted killer Anthony Porter's life was saved by a journalism class from Northwestern University, led by renowned Innocence Project pioneer, Professor David Protess. The class seemingly found the real killer, Alstory Simon. Porter was released, becoming the poster boy of the anti-death penalty movement. Because of his case, Illinois eventually abolished the death penalty. The filmmakers present strong evidence that Northwestern's investigation led to the release of the real killer, and imprisoned an innocent man. In October 2013, due in part to this film's investigation, the Cook County State's Attorney's office reopened this case. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG - 13 for disturbing crime scene photos and reenactments, drug material and brief language. | See all certifications »

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Cautionary Tale
17 June 2019 | by trentdwhiteSee all my reviews

A cautionary tale that everyone involved in the criminal justice system has the potential to be susceptible to biases; even those with the purest and most altruistic motives.

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26 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »


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$1,310, 28 June 2015

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