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A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 219052720
UPC 024543714927
UPC 14 00024543714927
Format DVD
Release Date 2/1/2011
Rating Rating
Editors Note
Note As children, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) and her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell), survived bad parenting and poverty by leaning on each other for support. Kenny grows up to be something of a troublemaker, eventually being convicted for a murder he swears he didn't commit. His sister believes him and, without even a high-school diploma, sets about going to law school in order to figure out a way to free him. She gets a GED, then graduates law school with the help of her only friend (Minnie Driver). She eventually gets the attention of O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck (Peter Gallagher), who runs an organization devoted to overturning wrongful convictions by analyzing DNA evidence with tests that were unavailable at the time the cases were tried. When he agrees to help her -- if she can find the old blood evidence -- Betty plows her way through the legal complications that stand between her brother and his freedom. Tony Goldwyn directs this drama inspired by a true story.
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "[U]ndeniably gripping....Tony Goldwyn's assured direction, based on a well-researched and compelling script by Pamela Gray, lets Waters' amazing story speak for itself in fine, uncluttered dramatic fashion." 10/04/2010
Los Angeles Times "What the subplots succeed in doing is making room for some nice small turns....The best is a haggard, broken-tooth, chain-smoking Juliette Lewis as one of Kenny's exes..." 10/15/2010
New York Times "Mr. Rockwell excels at this kind of volatility -- at playing men who are angry, charming and foolish all at once. And Kenny is a fascinating puzzle..." 10/15/2009
USA Today "Hilary Swank is the epitome of conviction in a film in which the title refers both to an action by the justice system and the determination it took to fight back." 10/15/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]n Hilary Swank, the film finds the right actress to embody gritty tenacity." 10/13/2009
Wall Street Journal "This affecting fiction film was based on a true story....The quality of the acting is consistently high..." 10/15/2010
Entertainment Weekly "[P]owerful, a tale of justice served told with respectful restraint by directory Tony Goldwyn....The filmmakers handle time shifts gracefully, and the casting is choice..." -- Grade: B 10/21/2010
Rolling Stone "Rockwell busts through with a spectacular peformance....It's Rockwell who gives CONVICTION the jolts of ferocity and feeling it needs." 10/14/2010
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] polished legal melodrama that elicits a typically forthright turn from Hilary Swank...and an intriguingly mercurial one from Sam Rockwell..." 01/03/2011
Talia Balsam
Loren Dean
Peter Gallagher
Melissa Chessington Leo
Cast & Crew
Talia Balsam - Star
Loren Dean - Star
Peter Gallagher - Star
Melissa Chessington Leo - Star
Juliette Lewis - Star
Karen Young - Star
Tobias Campbell - Star
Hilary Swank - Star
Minnie Driver - Star
Clea DuVall - Star
Conor Donovan - Star
Ari Graynor - Star
John Pyper-Ferguson - Star
Sam Rockwell - Star
Bailee Madison - Star
Owen Campbell - Star
Marty Bufalini - Co-Star
John Lepard - Co-Star
Rusty Mewha - Co-Star
Melissa Bickerton - Co-Star
Jennifer Roberts - Co-Star
Rick LeFevour - Co-Star
Heather Kozlakowski - Co-Star
Scott Philyaw - Co-Star
Sarab Kamoo - Co-Star
Linda Boston - Co-Star
Wallace Bridges - Co-Star
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz - Co-Star
Thomas Mahard - Co-Star
Ele Bardha - Co-Star
Frank Zieger - Co-Star
J. David Moeller - Co-Star
Iris Ingram - Co-Star
Jake Andolina - Co-Star
Hugh McGuire - Co-Star
Michele Messmer - Co-Star
Toya Brazell - Co-Star
Matthew Hollerbach - Co-Star
Zack Fealk - Co-Star
Linda Hurd - Co-Star
Michael Liu - Co-Star
Paul Burt - Co-Star
York Griffith - Co-Star
Alana Jo Beckman - Co-Star
Ethan Cutkosky - Co-Star
Eddie Hurch - Co-Star
Janet Ulrich Brooks - Co-Star
Gary Davis - Co-Star
Kam Carman - Co-Star
Julio Ho - Co-Star
Peter Carey - Co-Star
Doug Hamilton - Co-Star
Laurie Brown - Co-Star
Gordon Michaels - Co-Star
Marc Macaulay - Co-Star
Rick LeFevour - Stunt Coordinator
Pamela Gray - Screenwriter
Adriano Goldman - Director of Photography
Liz Gallacher - Music Director
Paul Cantalon - Composer
Rena DeAngelo - Set Decorator
Jane Alderman - Co-Star
Annabel Armour - Co-Star
Tony Goldwyn - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00024543714927
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Screen Actors Guild (2011) Hilary Swank, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review ...It's an amazing story, one that would seem too far-fetched if it weren't true...
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource New York Observer
Review ...Filled with nuance, intricate emotion and a refreshing absence of melodramatics, Conviction is a moving exploration of light and love shining through the darkness of despair. Its impact cannot easily be shaken...
Reviewer Rex Reed
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...Her determination is fierce, her rebirth is inspiring, and in Hilary Swank, the film finds the right actress to embody gritty tenacity...
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune ...inspirational...
Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter ....a stirring real-life tale...
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel ...stellar cast...
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer ...a remarkable story...

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