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West of Memphis (Sous-titres français)
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 73.42 Grams
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- Item model number : 27147807
- Director : Amy Berg
- Media Format : Subtitled, Widescreen, AC-3, Dolby, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 27 minutes
- Release date : Aug. 6 2013
- Actors : Jessie Misskelley Jr., Peter Jackson, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, Lorri Davis
- Subtitles: : English, Thai, French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Korean
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Producers : Lorri Davis, Damien Echols, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Amy Berg
- ASIN : B00AIBZKFG
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,824 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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From Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (2006, Best Documentary Feature, Deliver Us From Evil) in collaboration with the multiple Academy Award®-winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (2003, Best Picture & Best Adapted Screenplay, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), West of Memphis tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. Told and produced by those who lived it, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, the film uncovers new evidence surrounding the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, and exposes the wrongful conviction of three teenagers who lost 18 years of their lives imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.
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the Humans who live amongst us,
"Oh boy were do I begin"I was so overwhelm by this movie,the things that people do and say
just because they can say it,not knowing if it could cost someone their lives,and the point of being
incarcerated, for prison time,just because these three young men were loners,there were automatically
suspect of the state,and the police with the prosecutor didn't care or needed to look no further,even if
it was right there in front of them,I have to say when I saw the opening scene,to see these three little boys
body's it was the hardest thing I've ever endured,I had to stop for awhile and compose myself,if there's anyone
who doesn't have a Heart can still sit at a table and take a spoon of food and put it to his or her mouth [have to be fair]
and chew and swallow,who have kill these kids,I say death is not the answer for you,
I have no idea how or what to give for stars on this review. so forgive me if I'm wrong,I'm giving Five.
Sad Very Sad.........
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This is compulsory viewing for adults who are not of a sensitive nature and can look at this case with perspective and sound judgment.
If you're not familiar with the case of 'The West Memphis Three', I would recommend first reading Mara Levitt's 'Devil's Knot' before watching this documentary; although it's not necessary, it will definitely enhance the viewing experience and will add some context, history and information that is not captured in the film.
This is a tragedy stretching all the way from the young victims of the crime, to the teenagers falsely accused and imprisoned for being the perpetrators. Six young boys lost their lives over this tragedy, and the real killer still hasn't been found.
It is a testament to the strength of the human will to live that the three convicted teenagers, who were subsequently released in 2011 after 18 years in prison (Damien Echols from death row and Jessie Misskelly and Jason Baldwin from consecutive life sentences), managed to fight for freedom for 18 years, only to be released under an Alford Plea and therefore not exonerated (well, those responsible for the teenagers' imprisonment need to save face, right?).
One can only hope that their exoneration will come one day, although it seems increasingly doubtful. Three lives ruined due to bigotry, religious fanaticism, a deep-south pack mentality, ambitious prosecutors and judges, appalling journalism, and a state-wide disdain for anyone who may be 'different'.
Ultimately, there are three young boys who lost their lives in 1993 and still no one is sure as to who committed this hideous crime (although there are some compelling insights in this film). The focus was shifted so far from doing what was right and ensuring that the investigation was seamless, and instead the local police (who were currently under investigation themselves) decided that, because there was such a lack of physical evidence, they would whip the locals into a frenzy and declare that the crime was a cult-related killing, resulting in mass-hysteria in both the public and the press. There was no evidence of a cult-related killing whatsoever, but with little evidence and under pressure to catch the killer, why not place blame on some poor, white-trash kids with nothing better to do? That really is the central theme in this case.
There were members of the victims' families who were never interviewed, eye-witnesses that were ignored, coerced confessions, bribed witnesses, false (or 'planted')and tampered evidence, corrupt members of the judiciary and corrupt police officers, a probation officer with an obsession with the occult, and three innocent teenagers who were hounded and harassed until they were found guilty.
Watch this documentary. I challenge the viewer not to get angrier than you've ever been in your life.
It tells the real life story of those convicted of murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. The investigation was seriously flawed and one of those convicted was sentenced to death. This film pulls together all the detail about the crime, investigation, court case and subsequent fight to right a grave miscarriage of justice. It's a film full of passion; anger about how innocent people were charged and pointers to those who actually committed the crime, but walked free, without any investigation. The arrogance of the state justice system is mind blowing. An outstanding true life drama.
What a powerful story, wants you to get hold of the whole prosecution team/senior police officer and throttle them.
Thank God I've never been in or want to be in a similar situation.
Although I believe most who watch this will really enjoy it ( I do believe you need to watch the trilogy first), viewers are always aware of the frightening situation that the accused are in.
If you still believe them to be guilty after watching all of the DVDs don't go on my jury!!!!!!
I say "conspiracy" but I believe this was not a deliberate maneuvering for conviction - more of a blinded desire for conviction clutching at anything for which to convict.
I have rarely watched a story - 100% factual - with my jaw dropping at the behavior of people in power to bring about this serious miscarriage of justice.
Be careful out there ....... it could be you next ??????