Murder on a Sunday Morning

2001, Documentary, 1h 51m

3 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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On May 7, 2000, in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn in Jacksonville, Florida, 65-year-old Mary Ann Stephens is shot in the head before her husband's eyes. Ninety minutes later, 15-year-old Brenton Butler is arrested. For the investigators and the media it's just another messed-up youth, just another wasted life.

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  • Jul 22, 2014
    An attorney defends an African-American fifteen-year-old accused of the murder of a white tourist. This documentary is pretty plain-Jane. There aren't many flashy edits or creative story-telling gimmicks. And that's appropriate because the film's subject is compelling on its own. Will the accused Brandon Butler be proven innocent? What are the racial implications of this case? What are Pat McGuinness's strategies throughout the trail? Overall, for students and critics of the American criminal justice system, this film is required viewing.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2011
    The title itself sounds so damn alluring. Add to it that it's an Oscar winning documentary depicting the trial of a 15 year old guy wrongly accused of murdering an old woman. His acquittal was an uphill task since the only witness (old woman's wise husband) in the case had positively identified him as the murderer. I'd almost forgotten about this movie until some days back. After that, I was way too desperate to check it out. Unfortunately, it wasn't anywhere nearly as interesting as I'd expected. No, I wasn't looking forward for a Sherlock Holmes or a Perry Mason kind of story, but something gotta give. This was......... some things are better left unsaid.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2009
    A very good doc about a boy who originally is brought in by police because he may be able to provide info on a random killing, and is subsequently identified by an eyewitness, a 70 year old man. The police are convinced and don't let shoddy detective work or lack of evidence get in their way of prosecuting him in a high profile case. This film is all about the defense lawyer. As the film goes on you see that not is this guy badass, but he takes it personally that this kid has been wrongfully accused. From the same director as the fascinating "The Staircase" documentary miniseries.
    Grifty G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2008
    Intriguing doc on the murder case of 15 yr old Brenton Butler, accused of murdering a tourist in Florida. A must see for fans of legal procedures.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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