Plot & Details
Lawyer John Williams (Courtney B. Vance) looks back in flashback to 1957 when he began as a lawyer while living in the Bronx with his older brother, Charles (Charles S. Dutton). Married to Carol (Lonette McKee), Charles is the NYPD's first African-American sergeant, and he plans a police exam for his oldest son, Charlie (Garland Whitt), who would rather study art. After a call that Charlie is under arrest for the murder of a white boy, John suspects he was beaten and forced to confess by the cops, but Charlie claims he did indeed kill an Irish-American youth. John takes on the case, feeling that Charlie is hiding something -- while the courts, police, and the public are all ready to see Charlie electrocuted. Director Ernest Dickerson (Juice) filmed in Toronto. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Foreign
- Run Time: 122min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 05/29/1997
- Distributor(s): Paramount
- Director(s): Ernest R. Dickerson
- Starring: Charles S. Dutton , Courtney B. Vance , Kadeem Hardison , Lonette McKee , Garland Whitt
- Themes: Kids in Trouble,Fighting the System
- Tone: Deliberate,Poignant,Reflective
- Keywords: arrest, artist, brother, confession [criminal], cross-cultural-relations, family-strife, investigation, lawyer, murder, nephew, police, torture
- Language: English