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Hard Time: The David Milgaard Story (1999)

Milgaard (original title)
The story of David Milgaard, the victim of one of Canada's most notorious miscarriages of justice and the fight for his exoneration.


Stephen Williams


Alan DiFiore, Keith Ross Leckie (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Tracey ... David Milgaard
Gabrielle Rose ... Joyce Milgaard
Tom Melissis Tom Melissis ... David Asper
Garwin Sanford ... Hersh Wolch
Hrothgar Mathews ... Gill St. George
Robyn Driscoll Robyn Driscoll ... John Rainey
Jaimz Woolvett ... Ron Wilson
Sabrina Grdevich ... Nichol Johns
Bernie Coulson ... Cadrain Short
Joseph Griffin ... Larry Fisher
Reagan Pasternak ... Maureen Milgaard
Megan MacArton Megan MacArton ... Linda Fisher
Pamela Sinha ... Sheila Harris
Roger Dunn ... Doctor Featherstone
Joyce Krenz ... Evelyn Culver


This film tells the story of David Milgaard, who was charged and convicted for a brutal rape & murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment, he must struggle to survive in his years in prison, while his family and two crusading lawyers struggle to prove his innocence. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Biography | Drama







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11 April 1999 (Canada) See more »

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Hard Time: The David Milgaard Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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terrible miscarriage of justice
3 July 2002 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Its interesting that this television film came out at the same time the big budget, big screen version of the Hurricane did. It re-created interest in the Hurricane Carter case and the injustice he suffered, but Milgaards is not as well known and that is indeed a shame because the injustice inflicted on him is in many ways worse then the one Carter suffered. Milgaard and his family were finally awarded $20,000,000 in compensation but of course nothing can bring back what was taken from this poor man. Imprisoned between 1969 and 1992. He was only 17 years old when his hell began and 40 when it ended. The best years of his life gone stolen by a hellish nightmare. If we had only had forensic DNA analysis back then Milgaard's ordeal need never have occured.

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