Trial by Fire

Release Date: May 17th, 2019

R |2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary

Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee who has a violent streak and a criminal record, is convicted of arson-related triple homicide in 1992. During his 12 years on death row, Elizabeth Gilbert, an improbable ally, uncovers questionable methods and illogical conclusions in his case and battles with the state to expose suppressed evidence that could save him.

Cast: Jack O'Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade, Jeff Perry, Jade Pettyjohn, Chris Coy, McKinley Belcher III, Jason Douglas

Director: Edward Zwick

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Roadside Attractions

Keywords: Pursuit, Rescue, Brooding, Emotional, Engaging, Prison, Passionate, Intense, Fall, Friend, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The filmmaking here is plain, prosaic and earnest. For some, just getting worked up all over again about capital punishment will be enough, but without flair or fresh insights into its chosen subject, this just seems like spinning more wheels about on oft-discussed subject. show more

  • 40
    Carlos AguilarTheWrap

    What’s most disingenuous about Trial by Fire is that it knowingly simplifies the institutionalized and ingrained biases that foster the very matter it’s trying to address. show more

  • 70
    Lorry KiktaFilm Threat

    The performances are inspired. show more

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