Deadline (2004)

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One of the biggest hot-button issues dividing the United States has long been capital punishment, so when Illinois Governor George Ryan, a conservative Republican, commuted the sentences of 167 death row inmates the day before his term ended, it shocked the nation and outraged many in his own party. This documentary from the filmmaking duo of Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson explores not only the investigative work done by a group of Northwestern University journalism students that led to Ryan's staunch opposition to the death penalty, but also the impact the capital punishment debate has on the nation as a whole. Deadline premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
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NR
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Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Deadline

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Full Review… | April 17, 2012
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Full Review… | April 10, 2012
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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Filmmakers Kate Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson spend much of their film on those hearings, and it's riveting stuff, artfully photographed.

October 6, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
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Audience Reviews for Deadline

Sort of like when you assemble an essay at the last minute by stringing together paragraph-long quotes with flimsy segueways in between, hoping the immensity of the source material will carry you to a passing grade.

Yama Rahyar
Yama Rahyar

I like documentaries that live up to the documentarian creed of "just the facts, please". Just more support; if a justice system is based on human decision making, then it's prone to human error. [you agree?]Capital punishment is based on human decisions and therefore prone to error. Tough decision, but I think capital punishment might not be fair, nor equitable.

David D
David D
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(*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I found it to be very interesting.

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