Your Garage Best Books of the Month Amazon Fashion Learn more nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc Lacuna Coil Father's Day Gift Guide 2016 Fire TV Stick Get Ready for Summer and Save 15% Father's Day Gifts Amazon Cash Back Offer DrThorne DrThorne DrThorne  Amazon Echo  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 All-New Kindle Oasis AutoRip in CDs & Vinyl Outdoor Recreation

Ken Burns: The Central Park Five 2013 NR CC

Available on Prime

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Starring:
Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

Available to watch on supported devices.

Watch for $0.00 with a Prime Membership

Watch with Prime Start your 30 day free trial
By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC. Additional taxes may apply.

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Starring Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson
Supporting actors Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise, Matias Reyes, Jim Dwyer, Angela Black, Ed Koch, Craig Steven Wilder, LynNell Hancock, Calvin O. Butts III, Raymond Santana Sr., Michael Warren, Natalie Byfield, Saul Kassin, Michael Joseph, David Dinkins, Ronald Gold, Humberto Arroyo
Studio Not Specified
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2013
Format: DVD
In late 2011, Sarah Burns published the "Central Park Five" book, and in late, 2012, the documentary based on this book, or perhaps more accurately stated, made in conjunction with this book, was released in the theatre (I saw it at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington DC about a month ago). This co-documentary is directed by the book's author as well as David McMahon and Ken Burns (yes, that Ken Burns).

"The Central Park Five" (120 min.) brings in excruciating (but riveting and enraging) details the background of the infamous "Central Park jogger" case of a woman who was savagely attacked, raped and left for dead while jogging in New York's Central Park in 1989. By coincidence that very same evening a bunch of black and latino 14 and 15 yr. old teenagers were hanging out in Central Park and pretty quickly the New York police rounded up a number of them, eventually causing 5 of them to admit to a crime they did not commit. This of course then goes to the very heart of this documentary: why did the 5 innocent teenagers confess to a crime they did not commit? Just watch!

Several comments: first and foremost, this documentary is clearly the result of painstaking background work into the details of the case. The initial part of the documentary does a great job setting the table of what New York was like in the late 80s (pre-law and order days of Rudolph Giuliani's administration in the 90s). The documentary also gives some amazing insights on why the media were not more thorough and critical while covering the case and the trial (one of the interviewees is a New York Times reporter who basically admits that 'we failed to do our job').
Read more ›
8 Comments 63 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My initial reaction to reading the Turfseer review of this film was a belief, based on the errors and the distortion of facts in the review,that the reviewer saw a different film from the one I saw or was merely ignorant of the truth because he didn't understand the film.. A closer reading leads me to believe that something more serious, perhaps even sinister, is afoot here: a deliberate attempt to mislead those without direct unbiased knowledge of the events discussed in the film, and to advance the unsupported theories and suppositions of some of those directly involved in the original miscarriage of justice.

To wit: Turfseer writes ( I shall hereafter include Turfseer's accounts in quotes and my answers below them):

"the Central Park Five (CPF) were not only convicted of rape (in most cases) but also assaulting other people in the park that night. Burns and the CPF want you to believe that they merely observed two serious assaults in the park and acted 'shocked' by the brutality of the mob."

They were NOT convicted of assaulting specific "other people", because, as the prosecutor, Elizabeth Lederer, admitted in her own opening statement to the jury in the initial trials, none of the "other" people assaulted in the park could identify their assailants among the five accused teenagers (let Truthseekers as opposed to Turfseers consult the film and public records to back up the assertions I make here) and that the only witnesses against them were their proximity, i.e. being in the park at the same time, and their own confessions which they asserted had been coerced and tricked out of them, and which they had by the time of the trial repudiated.
Read more ›
12 Comments 69 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
there shouldn't be so many documentaries about innocent people in prison... There should be able to be, anyway. This kind of thing should never happen, unfortunately it happens all the time.

This is a great documentary. People who go into criminal justice should have to see videos like this to help them, before they use their power, to understand the gravity of misusing it.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Any story of justice denied, of people wrongfully imprisoned is inherently dramatic. But Ken Burns uses this case of five frightened teenaged boys prodded and manipulated into confessing to a crime they didn’t commit to dig into some larger societal issues as well. Yes, the police and prosecutors look bad for the way they mislead the kids into confessions, and then steadfastly refuse to look at other evidence. But the press also comes off badly for exploiting the case to sell papers and satisfy a frightened city’s desire for law and order, instead of asking questions when it became clear things simply weren’t adding up. And politicians for expressing condemnation and outrage at these young men before they were even (wrongly) convicted. A strong and pointed warning about those times when society’s desire for revenge overcomes it’s sense of logic, humanity and fairness.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As an African-American male who was born and raised in NYC around the time of this tragic incident, I can attest to the manner in which many friends I knew had been wrongly accused, and sometimes convicted, of offenses they never actually committed at the hands of some racist NYPD detectives and bloodthirsty prosecutors looking to make a name for themselves. It continues to amaze me how many still believe that the American justice system is blind. I'm happy to see that these men are finally getting justice for being wrongly accused and falsely imprisoned for a crime the evidence clearly proves they did not commit...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews