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The Central Park Five

Not Rated In Theaters 11/23/2012 , 120min.
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Plot & Details

'The Central Park Five' is the story of the five young men who were wrongfully convicted for the 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park. It examines how the legal system's rush to judgment - fueled by a city racially divided and fearful of crime -resulted in false confessions and no reassessment of the charges as conflicting evidence came in. This left a brutal rapist on the streets and robbed five innocent kids of their youth, all of whom served out their full terms. District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, after directing a thorough re-investigation when the actual rapist came forward and confessed, and realizing his office's mistakes, joined with the defense to request that the convictions be vacated, which was instantly granted by Judge Charles Tejada.

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, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Genre(s): Documentary,Special Interest
  • Run Time: 120min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 11/23/2012
  • DVD Release Date: 04/23/2013
  • Distributor(s): Sundance Selects
  • Director(s): Ken Burns
  • Starring: Ed Koch , David Dinkins, Sr. , Jim Dwyer
  • Themes: Miscarriage of Justice,Rape & Sexual Abuse,Scandals and Cover-Ups
  • Tone: Confrontational,Harsh,Stirring
  • Keywords: conviction, media, rape, unjust-imprisonment
  • Country of Origin: USA - Limited (11-23-2012)
  • Language: English

Awards

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Cannes Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary Sarah Burns Nominated
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary Ken Burns Nominated
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary Nominated
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary David McMahon Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 New York Film Critics Circle Best Documentary Won

New York Film Critics Online

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 New York Film Critics Online Best Documentary Won

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Writers Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay Nominated
2012 Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay Ken Burns Nominated
2012 Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay Sarah Burns Nominated
2012 Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay David McMahon Nominated

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