Fox Searchlight (Andrew Sugerman, Andrew Karsch
& Tony Goldwyn)
USA 🇺🇸 2010
W: Pamela Gray
DP: Adriano Goldman
Ed: Patrick Cassidy
Mus: Paul Cantelon
Hilary Swank (Betty Anne
Waters), Sam Rockwell (Kenny Waters), Minnie Driver (Abra Rice), Melissa Leo (Nancy Taylor), Peter Gallagher (Barry Scheck), Juliette Lewis (Roseanna
A very impressive courtroom drama with top
performances from Hilary Swank & Sam Rockwell.
Based on a true story, Swank plays a single mother
who spends nearly 20 years of her life trying to get her incarcerated trailer trash brother (Rockwell) acquitted of a life sentence for murder which he is innocent of.
The ensemble cast are all on song, especially the
two leads, but there's good support from Juliette Lewis (remember her), Minnie Driver, Peter Gallagher, Clea Duvall and Melissa Leo.
Directed by Tony Goldwyn, best known for his
performance of Carl Bruner in Ghost. It's a rather low-key film and without the performances of Swank & Rockwell may have only been a TV movie.
I've yet to see Sam Rockwell deliver a bad acting
performance and this must surely rank amongst his all-time best.