• Conviction (2010)


Release Date: October 15th, 2010

DVD Release Date: February 1st, 2011

R |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

When her older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) vows to get the conviction overturned. Beginning an 18-year quest to exonerate Kenny, Betty Anne puts herself through college and law school. With the help of her best friend (Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pores over piles of suspicious evidence and retraces the steps that led to Kenny's arrest in the hope of finally winning her brother's freedom.

Cast: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher, Ari Graynor, Loren Dean, Conor Donovan

Director: Tony Goldwyn

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: Longfellow Pictures, Andrew Sugerman

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: 2000s , Fall , Gripping , Brother , Rescue , Pursuit , Tense , Prison , Touching

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Some of the movie's most stirring scenes take place during Betty Anne's prison visits, when the laughter has stopped and her innocent brother contemplates his shattered life. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It's a noble enterprise, and a remarkable story, but it's not a movie that will set you free. show more

  • 80
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film is in the tradition of fighting-the-system stories drawn from real life such as "Erin Brokovich," and its powerful emotional appeal should draw a substantial grownup audience. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)