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The Jaundiced Eye (1999)

Nonny de la Peña  |  Unrated |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Nonny de la Peña
  • Writers: Nonny de la Peña
  • Producers: Nonny de la Peña, Alberta Chu, Amy Sommer, Dan Gifford, Diana Zock
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: December 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LPH1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Jaundiced Eye" on IMDb

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This harrowing documentary chronicles the decade long trials and emotional traumas incurred by a gay Michigan man, Stephen Matthews, and his straight father, Melvin Matthews, who were wrongfully accused by Stephen's ex-girlfriend and her homophobic boyfriend of molesting Stephen's son. Despite the fact that there was no physical evidence (although accusations included the torturous use of a machete), both Stephen and Melvin Matthews were sentenced to 35 years in jail. A chlamydia test which swayed the jury, was later revealed to give false positive results and lacks forensic value for use in sexual abuse cases. Eventually released from incarceration on this fact, both men went into the world to find that the prosecution wanted to put them on trial again.

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Gripping documentary tells the shocking true story of Stephen Matthews, a gay man who, along with his father Melvin, was wrongfully accused of molesting his son. Despite being wholly unsubstantiated, the allegations, brought forth by Stephen's ex-wife and her new husband, were enough to convict them. In 1989, the two men began a 35-year sentence, until their appeal four years later. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Jaundiced Eye" never blinks March 5, 2003
By Ethan
Format:VHS Tape
I have always felt that the production company of Amy Sommer (Academy Award nominee for Waco; The Rules of Engagement) would be better and more accurately represented if it was called Eternal Vigilance Productions. Because every time I see one of her works I am reminded that that is the price of all freedom, both personal and civil. She, once again, and director Nonny de la Pena, along with the rest of their crew, have raised the form of documentary film from Shark Week on the discovery channel, back to the unblinking eye that should always be searching out the truth, however unpleasant, so that justice and not popular opinion can be seen. "The Jaundiced Eye" is another sterling example of that tradition.
This amazingly shown story of two me, wrongfully imprisoned for child molestation, shows us not only the devastating effect of homophobia on our justice system but also the bias that we as a country still feel toward those of an alternative life style.
Stephen Mathews, a gay man from Michigan, and Melvin Mathews, his straight father, were both sentenced to 35 years in prison when Stephen's ex-wife and, then, live-in boyfriend convinced Stephen's son to claim that he had been molested and tortured by the two men. They were convicted with no physical evidence, represented by an attorney who really didn't seem all that interested in performing his duties and forgotten by the community.
This film follows their later appeal and subsequent reintroduction to a society that, despite their proven innocence, still seemed uninterested or incapable of accepting them back into it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps your attention November 21, 2006
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This is just an amazing story and one I think everyone should see no matter whether they are gay or straight. The idea that one can be imprisoned on such flemsey evidence is shocking at best but a let down with the legal system and I guess society in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandpa Matthews and Uncle Steve December 21, 2010
By Jen Jen
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Very sad, these are my blood relatives.. My family was greatly affected by this whole ordeal as well and contributed time, money, and love.RIP Great Grandpa and Grandpa M.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought Justice was blind, NOT ignorant!! May 6, 2013
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My stomach is in knots after watching this movie. The miscarriage of justice this family, especially Mel and Steven, suffered is beyond words!!! It was like watching a movie about the Salem Witch Hunts. From the first words out of the mouth of the little boys mother, to his step father's rant about how he was raised, I knew they were lying. This movie is a prime example of a "woman scorned". The mother and stepfather will one day pay the price for turning this child against his father. I hope Steven and Mel, have been able to have a happy life since all this took place. I also hope the boy has had true counceling and now has a relationship with his father.
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