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Heavens Fall

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

PG-13,

Drama

Nov 6, 2007

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Heavens Fall tells its story with some interesting stylistic flourishes (a brisk montage of lawyers' closing arguments, for example) and without emotional manipulation.

April 19, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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There's little to applaud and only a base "what a shame" kind of anger. All in all, Heavens Fall is an introduction to history; a prologue whose past should be better explored.

March 21, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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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.
March 20, 2009
neffielee
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    1. Judge James Horton: Let justice be done though the heavens fall.
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