Based on the actual events of the West Memphis Three, where three young boys were savagely murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. Spurred on by the demand from a grieving town, the local police act quickly to bring three "devil-worshipping" teenagers to trial. With their lives hanging in the balance, investigator Ron Lax is trying to find the truth between the town's need for justice and the guilt of the accused.Written by
In this movie, Reese Witherspoon sings the Elvis Presley song "That's All Right". She was also featured singing this song in her first film, The Man in the Moon (1991). See more »
During the daytime scene at the dead-end where police and media are gathering there is a news van with markings that read "KQWK 17 News - West Memphis." There are no TV stations based in West Memphis, Arkansas. West Memphis gets its local television news from Memphis, just six miles away, across the Mississippi River in Tennessee. See more »
Well, that's all right, mama / That's all right for you / That's all right, mama, just any way you do.
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Worth seeing but if you get a chance read & watch anything else on the West Memphis 3, you'll be more informed & more interested
"If you don't have a strong case the state is gonna kill 3 young men and I can't stand by and watch that happen." In 1993 three 8 year old boys were savagely murdered. The state tried three teenagers as adults for the killings and claimed they were murdered as part of a satanic cult ritual. This is the story of the trial and how Ron Lax (Firth) tried to help the defense and how one of the mother's (Witherspoon) dealt with the loss and aftermath. I knew very little of the actual story going in. This is a movie that reminded me of the Aviator in the way that I watched a documentary and read more about the events after it was over and found those to be better and more interesting then the movie. The cast is great and has many big names as well as 3 Oscar winners, but at best this felt like a made-for-TV movie. I found it hard to really get into and was disappointed especially with this cast. I'm not saying it's not worth seeing but if you get a chance read and watch anything else on the West Memphis Three, you will be more informed and more interested then you would if you watch this movie. Overall, not bad but could have been so much better. I give this a B-.
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