• The Central Park Five (2012)

The Central Park Five

Release Date: November 23rd, 2012

DVD Release Date: April 23rd, 2013

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

Filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon examine a 1989 case of five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman. After they had spent from six to 13 years in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Director: Ken Burns , Sarah Burns , David McMahon

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Florentine Films

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    It's a different city today, in a country that sees its racial and social divides with more clarity than it did back then. But the most troubling question the film raises is how clearly we may see even now. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A meticulously reported chronicle of a case that shook New York in 1989 and remains a mark of shame on the city ten years after the convictions were vacated, the film incisively documents a travesty of justice that echoes the infamous Scottsboro Boys railroading of the 1930s. show more

  • 90
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    Its greatest advantage over the book is that this is a story well-documented in moving pictures. In addition to recent interviews with the five, the filmmakers deftly marshal news footage, clips from the supposed confessions, and trenchant analysis. show more

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