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Murder on a Sunday Morning

7.3
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Original title
Un coupable idéal
Year
Running time
111 min.
Country
France France
Director
Music
Hélène Blazy
Cinematography
Isabelle Razavet
Cast
Documentary
Producer
Co-production France-United States; CNC, France 2 Cinema, HBO, Maha Productions, Pathé Archives, Procirep
Genre
Documentary | Crime. True Crime
Synopsis / Plot
On May 7, 2000, in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn in Jacksonville, Florida, 65-year-old Mary Ann Stephens is shot in the head before her husband's very eyes. Ninety minutes later, 15-year-old Brenton Butler is arrested. Everything is against him: he is formally identified by the only eye-witness, Mr Stephens, and he signs a confession. For the investigators and the media who cover the story, it is just another messed-up youth, just another wasted life. But when the case for the defense comes into the hands of Patrick McGuinness, the story ceases to be quite so ordinary. The boy proclaims his innocence. He has bruises on his face and thorax. He tells that the detectives beat him up and forced a confession out of him. And the one who hit the hardest is a certain Glover, son of Nat Glover, Sheriff of Jacksonville. Everyone - police, media and public opinion - is ready to sentence Brenton Butler in advance, but Patrick McGuinness begins a battle to restore his client's rights and to point an accusing finger at those he considers to be the real culprits: detectives Williams, Glover and Darnell.
Awards
2001: Oscar: Best Documentary
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