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The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, History | 23 November 2012 (USA)
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A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antron McCray ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (voice)
Kevin Richardson Kevin Richardson ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted
Yusef Salaam ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted
Raymond Santana ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted
Kharey Wise ... Himself - Wrongfully Convicted (as Korey Wise)
Matias Reyes Matias Reyes ... Himself - Confessed Rapist (archive footage) (archive sound)
Jim Dwyer Jim Dwyer ... Himself - New York Times
Angela Black Angela Black ... Herself - Kevin's Sister
Ed Koch ... Himself - Former Mayor, New York
Craig Steven Wilder Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself - Historian
LynNell Hancock LynNell Hancock ... Herself - Journalist
Calvin O. Butts III Calvin O. Butts III ... Himself - Reverend (as Rev. Calvin Butts)
Raymond Santana Sr. Raymond Santana Sr. ... Himself - Raymond's Father
Michael Warren Michael Warren ... Himself - Lawyer
Natalie Byfield Natalie Byfield ... Herself - Daily News
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Storyline

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. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, 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. Written by CP5

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los cinco de Central Park See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,570, 23 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$273,747, 6 January 2013
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Company Credits

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Florentine Films, WETA See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Quotes

[last lines]
Antron McCray: The truth came out. Truth came out.
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Connections

Featured in Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free
Music by Billy Taylor
Lyrics by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas
Published by Duane Music Inc.
Performed by Doug Wamble
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This Is Why You Make Movies
26 November 2012 | by esparker2000See all my reviews

You must try your very best to see The Central Park Five. I left it 5 hours ago and I'm still on fire. I have no right words. It might be the best documentary I've ever seen. Or let me put it like this: I've never watched a film that better justified making films in the first place. I just felt like I witnessed 119 minutes of truth-telling that was handled exquisitely from a narrative and visual storytelling perspective.

I almost didn't go. I was tired and I was thinking, you know, I have 3 hours here (my husband was watching our young son) do I really want to spend it focused on tragedy? I am so deeply happy I went. Maysles Cinema screened it at the Dempsey auditorium in Harlem. It was packed to the rafters. Throughout the screening, you never heard a rustle. You never heard a cough. You never saw the light of someone texting. Total, utter rapt attention. And then, we had the Q&A with four of the men. Four full human beings who had so much taken away from them. They filled the stage with their powerful, radiant presence. Sara Burns and David McMahon were there, too, as was Albert Maysles himself. An incredible experience.


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