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Conviction [DVD]

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  • Actors: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Owen Campbell
  • Directors: Tony Goldwyn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 May 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LVOJTW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,551 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Conviction is based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Sam Rockwell) unjust murder conviction. At its heart, Conviction is an exploration of the profound bond between a brother and sister--a love so deep, so unequivocal, so complete that it becomes a force that will not be denied or defeated.

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Hilary Swank gives another tremendous performance--steely, determined, vulnerable--in the courtroom/family drama Conviction. The film is based on a real case, of Betty Anne Waters (Swank), who as a last resort puts herself through law school to take on the case of her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell, also outstanding). Kenny is convicted of murder, despite a weak prosecution case, but Betty Anne can't get any lawyer to explore a retrial or appeal. Director Tony Goldwyn (Dexter, Damages) keeps the action moving along crisply and believably, even during the almost interminable stretches of Kenny's imprisonment. The terrific script by Pamela Gray (Music of the Heart) weaves in occasional shadows of doubt about whether Kenny is actually innocent, so that a story that could be formulaic is anything but. The viewer isn't sure most of the way through Conviction if Kenny is guilty or not--but is completely swept up in Swank's incredible performance depicting Betty Anne's own conviction--that "you do anything for your family. Period." As she did in Boys Don't Cry, Swank puts her own gritty spin on a real-life character, whom she inhabits like a second skin. Her Betty Anne is a blue-collar pit bull, and her sheer determination is itself a force of nature. The supporting cast of Conviction also shines, including Minnie Driver as Betty Anne's law school pal, and an especially effective Juliette Lewis playing Kenny's broken-down ex-girlfriend, who's buried some secrets of her own. Also a standout is Melissa Leo as the policewoman whose initial arrest of Kenny might have been loaded with her own agenda. The chemistry, especially between Rockwell, a man very nearly defeated after years behind bars, and Swank, is palpable and will capture the viewer in intense dramatic territory that won't be soon forgotten. --A.T. Hurley

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'Conviction' is a drama film that is based on a true story and released in 2010 to positive reviews. Unfortunately the film has not been given the attention it should've and as a result performed poorly at the box-office.

The movie centres around Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) who starts law school in order to represent her brother (Sam Rockwell), who she believes has been wrongfully convicted of murder.

The film is compelling and really moving from beginning to end. The drama combined with the performances of the lead actors is emotional and will strike a chord with the audience. The ending is perfectly satisfying.

The things I was mainly disappointed with were the absence of court room scenes and gripping moments. I know it's based on a true story and the film concentrates on the characters and their personal struggles. However, I was expecting intense moments/situations.

The show-stealers in the movie are Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. They are fantastic and produce great performances. They deserved Oscar nominations, shocked they didn't. Another actor who I really liked in the movie was Minnie Driver who enacts the role of Swank's friend (Abra Rice). She performs very nicely and naturally demands the attention of the viewer. Melissa Leo who plays Nancy Taylor is effective in a short role. Conor Donovan and Owen Campbell play Swank's sons and act very well. They share a positive chemistry with Swank.

The direction provided by Tony Goldwyn is excellent as he extracts award-winning performances from Swank and Rockwell.

In the end the feature is a good drama with cracking performances.

'Conviction' is one of the competent dramas of 2010.
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We all know performance from Hilary Swank in films such as Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby, and this one also one of her great performance but unfortunately didn't fetch much of Awards as other films did.

This film is based on real life story of brother and sister where sister tires to get her law degree so that she can fight case of her brother, who is convicted for murder and spending life time sentence in jail.

This film is center around Betty Anne Waters (played by Hilary Swank) and her brother Kenneth "Kenny" Waters (Played by Sam Rockwell).

Anne mother of two, separated and waitress she is studying law(after finishing high school then bachelor degree), only reason why she want to do this law degree is to free her brother from jail, as she believe that her brother is innocent.

Overall this is nice movie and performance by Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell is one of their best one.
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There are only two words to describe this compelling story; truly inspirational. My Brother-in-law had the pleasure of meeting Betty-Ann Waters at the Toronto Film Festival. She is an amazing person and symbolises pure hope and determination.

The film will have you hooked from beginning to end with outstanding performances from Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2013
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Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is not a likable guy, except to his sister. We find out that as a child he would break into homes. He also had a hot temper and would get in bar fights and he appears to be a woman beater too. He goes to jail for a murder, which two woman claimed he confessed to doing. Kenny claims he is innocent and his sister vows to get him out. She decides to help him by going to law school, just after she gets her GED. Her husband, for some reason, is not supportive of her far fetched idea to get a law degree so she can get her brother out of prison. If it wasn't so sad it would be funny. Hilary Swank gives us an excellent performance as a mom who juggles her family, work, and law school, but doesn't do it too well. After 16 years Betty Anne Walters (Swank) gets her law degree and believes she can get the conviction overturned by DNA evidence, only to find out the state destroys the evidence after 10 years. The Massachusetts accents were good and not overdone.

This is an amazing joyful tear-jerker on how a sister's love and devotion can overcome anything.
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I love true story films and I thought this one was brilliant. It's the story of Betty Anne Water's who decides to go to law school to help free her brother Kenny who has been convicted of a murder he insists he didn't commit.
Betty Anne pretty much puts her life on hold for years hoping that when she finishes law school she can help prove her brother is innocent. I found the beginning of the film a little bit confusing as it kept flicking back and forth between past and present and I couldn't really understand what was happening but 15 minutes in the story made more sense and then I was gripped. I would have given this 5 stars but without giving too much away I felt the ending was bit of a let down. At the end of the film it gave some information on what Betty Anne was now doing but failed to say what had happened to Kenny. A quick look on the internet told me this but after having watched the film for an hour and forty minutes I do feel this information should have been provided at the end of the film.
Hilary Swank gives a fantastic performance and overall this is a great film which is well worth watching.
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