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Conviction (2010)

Hilary Swank , Sam Rockwell , Tony Goldwyn  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Thomas D. Mahard, Owen Campbell
  • Directors: Tony Goldwyn
  • Writers: Pamela Gray
  • Producers: Alwyn Kushner, Andrew S. Karsch, Andrew Sugerman, Anthony Callie, Dama Claire
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EQAVA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell deliver unforgettable performances in this incredible true story that co-stars Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis and Peter Gallagher. Swank plays Betty Anne Waters, a young woman whose world is shattered when her beloved brother Kenny (Rockwell) is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Steadfastly convinced of his innocence, Betty Anne embarks on an 18-year journey to set Kenny free, using state-of-the-art forensic technology. The unshakable bond between a brother and sister, at the heart of this real-life drama, will stir your emotions and inspire you.

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
A sure-fire crowd pleaser, the film "Conviction" is based on an undeniably (and practically unbelievable) compelling true life story. Betty Anne Waters, a high school drop-out with a troubled youth, dedicated nearly two decades of her life to clear her unjustly convicted brother of a murder charge. She got a GED, applied and got into college, graduated law school and passed the bar, became her brother's representation and uncovered exculpatory evidence. But despite all her best efforts, it was still quite a trial to be heard and taken seriously. While I've thrown a lot of the film's plot at you right away, the advertising campaign already covers the same ground. This is a movie about character and the long road to justice as seen through Betty Anne's eyes (an imposing Hilary Swank). Far from a perfect movie, however, I'm sure audience will still embrace this--the ultimate underdog story.

Swank, as I mentioned, headlines this piece with a hard edged perseverance. She is quite believable as the matter-of-fact Betty Anne. Sam Rockwell plays her brother, the town troublemaker, with equal parts charm and menace. It's perhaps the film's most compelling performance and there are moments when he sinks to desperation that have real emotional resonance. Minnie Driver befriends Swank in law school, and though their friendship is contrived at best, she becomes a welcome presence in the film. She stands as the one truly appealing character as Swank's mania borders on selfishness and Rockwell is an unstable powder keg. Ironically, the film wants to continuously solicit sympathy for its leads without confronting the unpleasant truths--particularly that Rockwell was a violent repeat offender whom the entire town was able to embrace as a cold blooded killer.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
After making decidedly wrong turns into rom-com in 2007's P.S. I Love You and historical biopic in 2009's Amelia, Hilary Swank is back in her element as Betty Anne Waters, a working-class single mother of two whose fierce loyalty to her troublemaking brother Kenny knows no bounds, in actor/director Tony Goldwyn's time-spanning, fact-based 2010 drama. Written by Pamela Gray (she and Goldwyn also collaborated on 1999's affecting A Walk on the Moon), the inspiring, potentially melodramatic plotline often borders on incredulity, but Swank's trademark iron-jawed tenacity is on full display here. At the same time, it's a primarily economic performance teetering on lunacy as her character is tightly bound to Kenny since they shared a painful childhood due to the neglect of a horrifying mother.

In 1983, Kenny is convicted of the bloody murder of an elderly neighbor largely on the basis of testimony from two former girlfriends, both of whom claimed he confessed his actions to them. Neither Kenny nor Betty Anne can afford a good attorney, so she decides to become a lawyer even though she's a high school dropout. Also serving as one of the film's executive producers, Swank come back securely to the against-all-odds territory of Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004) by following Betty Anne's sixteen-year journey from her GED through college, then law school, and finally passing the bar - all while she was raising two boys and working part-time at a local pub.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, So-So Film-making November 20, 2010
Hilary Swank returns to the big screen in another strong female role as Betty Anne Waters, the real life every day hero who changed the course of her life for a family member. Set primarily in Massachusetts, the Waters case revolves around the murder of a woman and the conviction of Kenny Waters (played by Sam Rockwell) - a lowlife type whose only real attributes are his daughter and his sister Betty. Believing he is innocent of the heinous crime, Betty Anne Waters spends numerous years going to college, law school, and then in investigation of the crime she truly doesn't believe her brother committed.

Many viewers may already know the ending if they remember the news coverage around the event - much of which involved recently re-elected Attorney General Martha Coakley (who is portrayed only briefly on screen in the film). If you know the outcome - which is a twist in itself - this movie is still worth seeing for the great acting from Swank and Rockwell. If you don't know the ending going in, don't read anything else about the film as the payoff will be that much greater.

Technically the film is a little choppy - the editing, pace, and supporting character development left quite a bit to be desired. That being said, the story itself is so fascinating and compelling that forgiving the films technical flaws becomes quite easy. I would suggest checking this one out. It's a lot like A Civil Action with John Travolta, but not quite as good.
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A true story about a sister (Swank) knowing that her brother (Rockwell) who is prison for murder is innocent and fighting to prove it. Two years after being questioned and let go in a murder case Kenny Waters (Rockwell) is convicted and is sent away for life. Knowing that he is innocent Betty Anne Waters (Swank) attends law school in order to become her brothers lawyer. This is one powerful movie. I've always thought that Sam Rockwell is a very underrated actor and in this movie he gives a powerful performance. The fact that this is a true story makes this movie all the more inspiring, moving and gut wrenching. This is a must see and I don't want to give anything away, but this movie explores and exposes the flaws in the legal system. This movie is a roller-coaster ride of emotion that will make you address your feelings on the subject matter and root for justice to prevail. Watch this film!!! I give it an A.

Would I watch it again? - Yes, I would make some people I know watch it too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Catherine Ericcsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 8 days ago by Francisco Rivera
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch this movie
Good movie, well done, great acting for both prime actors, Swank and Rockwell.
Published 1 month ago by jaminjimi
5.0 out of 5 stars tearjerker
was great had action and its tear jerker points great movie
Published 1 month ago by jordanmeiselman
4.0 out of 5 stars .... tears, bitter and sweet, evocative and gritty...stellar!
well done and evocative... not gratuitous, but gritty, stellar by Juliette Lewis as well as the rest of cast,, all top notch performances... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas E. Mathison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gripping.
Published 1 month ago by Anne B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent story of love and devotion. also excellent story of lies falsely convicting yet another person.
Published 1 month ago by nehemiah landes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! To bad he died six months after being released.
Great Story! To bad he died six months after being released. His sister is a remarkable person. She still works for the Innocence Project.
Published 1 month ago by Ronald Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit Of The Events
It's been widely admited that this film didn't follow it's source material exactly. But it's also been said that this film nevertheless captured the spirit of this twenty-year... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Philip Scholz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good watch
Reasonably good. Strong performances all round, especially, as would be expected, from Hilary Swank. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DR AJIT THOMAS
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