Guilt by Association [DVD]
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In this dramatic story, Academy Award -winner MERCEDES RUEHL (Married to the Mob) gives a magnificent performance as a single mother sentenced to 20 years for a crime of which she is virtually innocent. Life has never been easy for Susan Walker. A widow with two young children, she has struggled to attain a long-cherished goal: to become a highly respected nurse. Peace and security seem within reach until the night armed cops burst into her house and arrest her as a supposed co-conspirator in her ex-boyfriend s drug-dealing. A traumatised Susan is sentenced to 20 years, the notorious mandatory minimum sentence for her crime . But even when torn apart from her children and buried alive in a hell-hole prison, Susan begins a fight for justice against a flawed legal system.
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Mercedes Ruehl plays the mother who then spends years seeking justice and fighting for a retrial from inside jail, whilst hearing how her children are growing up and choosing the wrong paths on the outside and unable to do anything about it.
The acting is generally very good, especially from Ruehl and is certainly above average for a 'made for tv' movie. I just wish a bit more could have been done about the build up to the trial,(it all happens very quickly) although I guess the film itself is based more on her time in the jail. The prison itself is often described as a 'hellhole' but apart from a couple of troublesome inmates life 'inside' doesn't really seem so bad - the focus is on the injustice of the situation. Worth a watch.
** Directed by Graeme Campbell
** Produced by Terry Gold
** Written by Alan Hines
** Premiered in 2002 – released on DVD in 2005
** Run time: 86 minutes
The cast includes the following:
** Mercedes Ruehl as Susan Walker
** Alex Carter as Russell – Susan’s boyfriend
** Alberta Watson as Angie – Susan’s friend
** Mallory Margel as Hannah – Susan’s daughter as a child
** Asia Viera as Hannah – Susan’s daughter as a teenager
** Daniel Magder as Max - Susan’s son as a child
** Trevor Blumas as Max – Susan’s son as a teenager
** Karen Glave as Roxanne – prison inmate
** Rachel McAdams as Danielle – prison inmate
** Karen LeBlanc as Ramona – prison inmate
** Brandi Marie Ward as June – prison inmate
** Elisa Moolecherry as Marguerite – prison chaplain
** Jeff Clarke as Jimmy – a lawyer
Susan is a widow, whose husband died a few years ago. She has two children, Hannah and Max. She works as a nurse. Her boyfriend Russell seems to be a nice man, but he smokes pot and sometimes he also sells pot to others. Susan tells him to stop it. She cannot have this around her kids. He promises to stop, but when he breaks his promise, she says she has to break up with him.
Shortly after the break-up, Susan is arrested: the DEA raids her house and arrests her for being part of a conspiracy to sell drugs. Susan does not understand what is going on. She is innocent. She did not smoke pot, nor did she sell it to others.
She is about to be caught up in the system that is known as Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MMS). Anybody who is in some way connected to someone who breaks the law on drugs is considered to be part of a drug conspiracy. In other words: guilty by association – hence the title of the movie.
The criminal who breaks the law, for instance Russell, can work with the prosecution. He can name names and in this way he can get a reduced sentence. But Susan, who did not know anything about what was going on, cannot help the prosecution in any way, so she gets the maximum sentence: 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
What did she do? She received and passed on a message to Russell. The message was from one of his customers, so she is guilty, although she did not and could not know who was calling when she answered the phone. She once brought a bag containing Russell’s gym clothes to his work place, so she is guilty of delivering drugs, although she did not know what was in the bag.
The judge explains that he has no choice in the matter. He must follow the law. Even though the consequences of the law are absurd and clearly unjust.
Is this really true? Could Susan, who was innocent, get a longer sentence than Russell, who knowingly broke the law? Yes, this is true. The MMS system was introduced by Congress in 1986.
The MMS system gives draconian sentences to anyone who is connected in any way to someone who breaks the laws about drugs. It is a part of the so-called “war on drugs.” The war has sent thousands to prison for many years, but the war has not been won: drugs are still a serious problem.
Once in prison, Susan must try to survive. Her kids are placed with her friend Angie, who tries to cope as well as she can. While in prison, Susan meets the chaplain Marguerite, who is aware of the problems regarding MMS.
Marguerite is in contact with an organisation that tries to help the victims of MMS. The name is FAMM, Families against Mandatory Minimums. FAMM was founded by Julie Stewart in 1991. A representative of the organisation meets with Susan in the prison.
FAMM wants to help Susan and other inmates who have suffered because of the MMS system. The aim is to get a pardon. Sometimes FAMM can help. Some victims get a pardon. Can they help Susan?
“Guilt by Association” is a realistic story of what can happen if you are connected in any way to someone who breaks the law on drugs. Susan’s family is broken up. Her friend tries to take care of the children, but this is not an easy task.
Susan wants to know what is going on with her children, but since she is in prison, it is not easy for her to be a good mother. The MMS system that is supposed to solve the drug problem is causing huge problems for the families that are affected by the system.
What do reviewers say about this movie? On IMDb it has a rating of 66 per cent, which corresponds to three stars on Amazon. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an audience score of 44 per cent, which corresponds to two stars on Amazon.
If you ask me, both these average ratings are too low. “Guilt by Association” covers a serious problem. The script is well-written and the actors play their roles well. The story-line is realistic. Therefore this movie deserves a much better rating than two or three stars. I want to go all the way to the top with this product. I think it deserves a rating of five stars.
PS. There is another movie about this issue: “Locked Up: A Mother’s Rage” starring Cheryl Ladd was shown on US television in 1991. In 2002 it was released on DVD under the title The Other Side of Love.
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