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Scenes of a Crime (2012)

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Through one vivid example, Scenes of a Crime explores how modern - and currently legal - interrogation techniques (including lies, threats and psychological coercion) can produce confessions that may not be reliable. When Adrian Thomas walked into a Troy, NY police station about midnight in 2008, he didn't know he was being video-recorded. His four-month-old baby lay brain dead in a pediatric ICU. The doctors suspected abuse, and Thomas was the main suspect. And so began a psychological battle: the detectives repeatedly lied to - and threatened - Thomas, saying that if he told them "what happened," police would view it as an accident, without jail time. After dozens of denials (and many hours), Thomas confessed to throwing his son against a bed - just as detectives had demonstrated for him. Soon after, Thomas recanted, but then faced a huge task: proving his confession was false. -- (C) Official Site

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If you watch "Scenes of a Crime" - and you very much should - be prepared to be outraged.

April 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Presents a disturbing picture of courtroom justice and how different people come to opposite conclusions, based on the same testimony.

March 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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The filmmaking could be better, but it's hard to argue with that kind of potential.

March 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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A nonfiction corrective to decades of cop-friendly pop-culture conditioning, this rigorously focused documentary looks hard at police interrogation, a process most of us take for granted.

March 27, 2012 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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A riveting docu-thriller that will wake you up and shake you up to the inexcusable failures of the American justice system. You will never look at an interrogation the same way again.

March 30, 2012 | Rating: 9.85/10 | Full Review…
NYC Movie Guru

A true-crime documentary of invigorating analytical clarity and evenhandedness.

March 28, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

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