Heavens Fall (2006)
Heavens Fall (2006)
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The tragic court case that forever altered the course of American jurisprudence is dramatized for the screen in this courtroom docudrama starring Timothy Hutton, David Straithairn, Leelee Sobieski, Anthomy Mack and Bill Sage. The year is 1931, and nine black hobos have been accused of raping two white women on an Alabama freight train. The accused, who all range in age from twelve to twenty-three, are quickly sentenced to death in the electric chair by an all-white jury fueled by racism and vengeance. But as news of the convictions spreads, something remarkable happens: the plight of the so-called Scottsboro Boys inadvertently ends up fueling the fires of socialism across the globe and the case is quickly appealed to the United States Supreme Court. As each of the nine defendants prepare for their retrials in a Decatur, Alabama courtroom, self-assured New York defense attorney Samuel Liebowitz (Hutton) accepts the formidable task of representing the accused in the trial that will hold an entire nation spellbound. … More
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as William Lee
as Judge James Horton
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as Ruby Bates
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Critic Reviews for Heavens Fall
Heavens Fall tells its story with some interesting stylistic flourishes (a brisk montage of lawyers' closing arguments, for example) and without emotional manipulation.
Audience Reviews for Heavens Fall
Good movie based on the true story of the Scottsboro nine trials. How racism affected the trial in the deep south, especially since all the jurors were white, southern men. Good solid performances from all the actors, however I wasn't really fond of Hutton's protrayal. He came off a little strange to me, but that may be how is character was supposed to be. His NY accent seemed to come and go at times. Overall interesting, well done movie.
"Heavens Fall" is a courtroom drama that allows all of its background details to be revealed through the trial. Rather than spending the first 25 minutes dramatizing the crime, developing the characters of the lawyers and witnesses, and gathering evidence, the duration of the film is the trial and surprisingly, it works! You may not develop an attachment to the lawyer as you would in a film that contains heavy characer development, the the focus of this film is the trial and not the lawyers. This is emphasized by the film ending at the end of the trial, the fate of the characters revealed by several captions on screen. And again, I was completely okay reading the information on the screen instead of extending the film by 25 mintes to dramatize all of the after effects. The film offers strong performances by Timothy Hutton, David Strathairn, Bill Sage, and one incredible emotional moment from Azura Skye, while the shock that this unfair court case is a true story looms over the entire duration of the film. "Heavens Fall" provides insight into the famous Scottsboro Boys by bringing this famed court case to life and showing the bigotry in the Alabama court system of the 1930's. I'd definitely recommend it for its strong acting performances and interesting details of the trial.
a great depiction of the South and the way things used to be. While we aren't over racism yet, this movie depicts just how far we've come. This should be shown in high schools across the country..
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