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West of Memphis

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Amy Berg

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Plot Summary

From Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) in collaboration with the multiple Academy Award® winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, West Of Memphis tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. Told and produced by those who lived it, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, the film uncovers new evidence surrounding the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, and exposes the wrongful conviction of three teenagers who lost 18 years of their lives imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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95%
  • Reviews Counted: 111
  • Fresh: 106
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It artfully sketches out the events for anyone who's coming in cold, but basically, its strategy is to take what we already know and go deeper. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jan 9, 2013

Fresh: Dubious evidence; suspicious confessions; conveniently located "poor white trash" (Echols' words) to take the rap: The case stank from the beginning, Berg's film argues. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jan 17, 2013

Fresh: It tells the story of a terrible crime compounded by a grave injustice that's been remedied, but only in part, so it's impossible to have a single or simple response to the movie. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 8, 2013

Fresh: While the "Paradise Lost" films captured events as they unfolded in the heat of battle, "West of Memphis" has the luxury of at least partial closure. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Mar 14, 2013

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Customer Reviews

This is

One of the best and sadist docs I've ever watched. I've followed the story from the start. And I will say that this movie gives a wonderful look on the end of a very bad and unlawful case. I pray the REAL KILLER is brought to justice and punished but not put to death because first I don't believe we have that right to put someone to death but death would be too easy for who ever it is. As we have learned from this case jail is very hard and dangerous so them/him that killed these babies should have to fight for their lives for the rest of their lives. In the end this was a fantastic doc and more should rate how good it is.

Amazing

I cannot believe there are people who STILL believe these people are guilty. After all, the DNA evidence exonerated them and implicated Terry Hobbs instead. Anyhow.

First of all, I was so excited for this to come out. I have followed the case for the past few years (it started when I was 6 years old) and it floors me that people have allowed these young men to suffer because a state does not want to admit they made a mistake. If you watched Paradise Lost: Purgatory, this goes into even MORE depth about the implcation of Terry, the new evidence. Mainly, I loved watching Jason, Jessie and Damien move around the world once they got out.

For the people who say "they pleaded" guilty, you need to read up on what an Alford Plea is. It means you plead guilty to time served while MAINTAINING your innocence. Jason wanted to fight the rest of his life behind bars never admitting guilt of any kind, even the Alford Plea but his friendship with Damien was so strong, he entered anyhow. Even Damien did not want to accept but as he states, he believed he was going to die in there with his depleting health.

All in all, thank you for this wonderful documentary and I really hope the case continues to scope out and find true justice for thos elittle boys. They deserve it. As Damien said, this wasn't just about the WM3, it was about the victims and their families that never got an ounce of closure.

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