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For all the harrowing truth here, about race and poverty and justice, the film is brisk and tight, alive with everyday detail and flashes of humor.
Gideon's Army does what the best documentaries have always done: It makes us think about something we'd rather not.
Like the film itself, Porter's handful of devoted, charismatic attorneys do a righteous job of reminding people that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, and that the criminal justice system seems otherwise disposed.
"Gideon's Army" is a bare film with no narrator and a minimal soundtrack. That's all it needs to grab you by the throat.
Dawn Porter's engrossing HBO documentary profiles three public defenders in the Deep South.
Compelling insight into the staggering pressures faced by court-appointed public defenders.
Gideon's Army is a straightforward, eye-opening snapshot at the uncelebrated, but incredibly crucial work done by a relatively invisible population comprised of government employees.
While both the structure and most of the content of Gideon's Army are familiar, it does raise a few issues often left out of similar issues docs. One is the fact that many of the defendants are in fact guilty...
If Gideon's Army underscores anything it's that the right to counsel is being following in America by the letter of the law, but not the spirit.
The [public defenders'] personal stories turn out to be every bit as challenging as those of their clients, and their personal investment every bit as crucial.
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