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Release Date: December 25th, 2012

DVD Release Date: August 6th, 2013

R|2 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Amy Berg tells the story of the fight to stop the state of Arkansas from executing an innocent man. Beginning with an examination into the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, Berg brings to light new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. All three were teens at the time and lost 18 years of their lives after being wrongly convicted and imprisoned.

Director: Amy Berg

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: WingNut Films, Disarming Films

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: 2010s, Friend, Underdog, Murder, Prison

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  • Thorny, blood-boiling and finely made. show more

  • Although it's the fourth documentary about the West Memphis Three, West of Memphis doesn't feel superfluous. This bizarre case rates at least 18 documentaries - one for each year Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley spent in prison for murders they clearly didn't commit. show more

  • Ms. Berg's film, which she wrote with Billy McMillin, tells the story with unprecedented clarity. She has a dramatist's eye for what was irretrievably lost-the innocent lives of the children, plus 18 years of three other innocent lives. show more

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Nominated Documentary
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)