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Murder on Sunday Morning [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Ann Finnell , Patrick McGuinness , Jean-Xavier de Lestrade    DVD
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  • Actors: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams, Michael Glover, Dwayne Darnell
  • Directors: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
  • Producers: Christine Le Goff, Denis Poncet, Yves Jeanneau
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2003
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDJ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,775 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Doc... 26 Nov 2010
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Any fan of documentary or seeing how 'a' justice system works and fails... look no further to see it basically play with an innocent man's life. A harrowing film with engaging characters and story that stays with you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must 3 Jan 2013
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If you're poor and black in the US, the "Justice" system is just one of the many humiliations you face. This documentary provides ample evidence of this.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 7 May 2011
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This is a riveting documentary which I cannot recommend highly enough. It simply shows the events that transpired following the murder of a tourist in Florida and the subsequent trial and incarceration of what was clearly an innocent 15 year old boy. The fact that the local Police simply arrested a random black child, beat a confession out of him and then tried to send him to the electric chair without a shred of evidence is a depressing indictment of the depths to which the US legal system has plunged.

*** Spoilers ahead ***

By the end of the film I was pleased to see justice finally served but was left wondering how many aren't so lucky.

I was also fascinated by the fact that the family seemed to attribute their son's aquittal to God's munificence rather than to the brilliance of the public defender. Depressing but fascinating.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  62 reviews
54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY JUROR IN A CAPITAL CASE SHOULD SEE THIS MOVIE 12 July 2004
By A. L. Straayer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I live in Illinois, a state that a couple of years back put a moratorium on capital punishment because too many people on death row were found to be not guilty thanks to DNA evidence or whose trials proved to have had very many serious flaws. You would not
believe - or, if this movie appeals to you, you probably would believe - how vitriolic the letters to the editor got in my very conservative hometown paper. The bottom line was virtually always " he was proven guilty in a court of law" blah blah blah. Nothing was said about actual guilt or innocence. Nothing was said about the very real fact that out of all the people involved in capturing, investigating, defending, prosecuting, and judging a person's crime there might be a mistake or two, a deliberate lie or two, a bad apple or two, someone with their own particular agenda
that could be detrimental to discovering the truth. No. A horrendous crime has taken place. Someone has to pay. If that someone happens to be guilty so much the better but it is not an absolute requirement. We all need closure. We all need revenge.
There are so many things that jurors should be made aware of ahead of time before judging a case. From this documentary it would be 1) not all police are honest; 2) some police are ruthless; 3) not all signed confessions are the truth (forced extractions are just one of several reasons why); 4) not all murder investigations are thorough; 5) and eye-witness accounts and identifications are not always accurate.
At the end of the trial when the lawyer for the prosecution was summing up, she said (and I paraphrase) "We have an eye-witness that says this young man did it. That is the only proof you need of his guilt." That woman was lying and she should have been called on the carpet right then and there for it. First of all the witness could have been lying (but I don't think he was, in this particular case) and second he could have been wrong. Time and time again eye witness testimony has been proven to be wrong even though the witness is not actively lying. I have to believe every officer of the law and every officer of the court knows this. Why was she allowed to say that and get by with it? In this case, it is a comfort to know that she didn't get by with it.
Thank God for this particular Public Defender and his crew who not only believed their client was innocent, but were intelligent and savvy enough to find the flaws in the State's case.
Thank God for the jury. Not all juries would have been so smart or unbiased.
Thank God for director de Lestrade and his crew for being at the right place at the right time. We as a nation need to be made aware of the underbelly of law enforcement. Night after night on channel after tv channel we are told about all the criminals out there and their dastardly crimes. We are all becoming paranoid which could make us even more eager to put away every unsavory and unsavory-looking person out there.
Thank God for the defendants' family who were whole (in so many
ways) and who stood by him every step of the way.
We need to be careful, vigilant, and demanding of excellence in all things that we do, not the least of which is in seeing that justice is done. In the Old Testament of the Bible , the single most prevalent concept is Justice. We need to remember that punishment is not any part of Justice, if there is no Truth.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YIKES!! This movie is a jaw-dropper 25 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a little put off when i first started watching this documentary by the seeming low-budget quality. It was filmed for HBO and looks like it was shot on video. The movie is basically a document of a court case and takes you slowly through the process: the evidence, the crime, the witness, the accused, etc. It doesn't stray too far away from the courtroom.
However, what you witness - a young black man being tried for a crime he may not have committed (the murder of a white woman) unearths some institutional racism of the highest order. The astonishing thing is how clear the film makes it. The fact that all of this happened just a few years ago (and not in the 1950s somehwere in the deep south)is very, very troubling.
I cannot, in fact, think of another movie about botched police work that is quite so frightening. If you watch this movie all the way through till the end, I promise you, the last five minutes will make your jaw drop to the floor.
Very heartbreaking.
An excellent, illuminating film.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice . . . 11 May 2005
By dogny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
For the bulk of the movie, you see the flaws in our judicial system. The cops. the pressures. But, the verdict demonstrates that there is justice . . . sometimes. The heros are the two public defenders. Smart, tough and ready to rumble . . . they never flinch or take the easy way out, but fight for the obvious truth in this case. It exposes the flaws in eye-witness testimony. Under the stress of having a gun thrust in your face, of your wife being killed, is such observation reliable? Finally, the detectives come off as low-life scum . . . giving a bad name to all honest cops. I doubt that a million dollar dream team of lawyers could have done a better job than the two public defenders. How can we have a death penalty? Dirty cops, eye-witness testimony, a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Doesn't take much does it?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder on a Sunday Morning 23 Nov 2008
By W. C. Head - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Murder on a Sunday Morning

Clearly, the best documentary movie I have ever seen. As a criminal defense attorney for over 33 years, this movie brings home the message about the damage done by cops who lie to hastily prosecute a controversial and publicity-driven case. The quick accusation of this young man was convenient, but very little true investigation went into the arrest and indictment. Corrupt police officers are far more damaging to the Constitution than any single criminal in America, regardless of his or her crimes.

William C. Head
Attorney at Law
Atlanta, GA

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Have To See This Film! 29 Sep 2005
By A. R. Pirrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD based on the reviews on the pitch page. I had no expectations, and some concern that it might be a bit 'worthy', so the box sat on the shelf for a while. When I got round to viewing, however, I was blown away, like a feather out a magnum. This film will make you mad as hell ,and you should be. BUT it is also HUGELY inspirational - it seems that in a world where lies are common currency, truth can still break a buck, with a little help from decent people. It's a month after I viewed this DVD and it is still in my head. Despite the tragic subject matter, it's FANTASTICALLY gripping, edge of the seat stuff, and the final few minutes will, frankly, make your day. There are some heroes left in the world.
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