Scottsboro: An American Tragedy Poster

Release Date: January 19th, 2001

DVD Release Date: January 31st, 2005

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
Using trial transcripts, courtroom photographs and other archival material, this documentary tells the story of nine African-American teenagers who, in 1931, were accused of rape by two white women. Despite a complete lack of evidence, the boys were convicted and sent to prison. Although ultimately exonerated, the boys' lives were devastated by the incident, and the filmmakers connect the public outrage regarding this case to the beginnings of the civil rights movement of the 1950s.

Cast: Andre Braugher, Frances McDormand, Stanley Tucci

Director: Barak Goodman, Daniel Anker

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: WGBH

Distributors: Social Media Productions, Films Transit International [ca/nl/us]

Keywords: 1990s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s, Underdog, Small town

Ratings & Reviews

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  • As fascinating as the case is as history, however, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy is a TV show, not a movie. show more

  • Film makers Barak Goodman and Daniel Anker dig deep into the story and its ramifications, exposing how the twin evils of racism and anti-Semitism combined to foment institutional injustice, and led — if a silver lining could be found — to the triumphs of the civil-rights movement two and three decades later. show more

  • All emerge as vivid historical figures in this lucid account. show more

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Nominated Documentary (Feature)