Crown Heights

Crown Heights

DVD - 2017
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In 1980, a young man named Marvin Grant was gunned down in Flatbush Brooklyn. Clarence Lewis, a fifteen-year-old with a penchant for lying, told the police he saw what happened and was pressured to identify a suspect. This set into motion a series of events that led to the arrest of Colin Warner, an innocent teenager who lived in nearby Crown Heights.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 21, 2018

A beautifully crafted independent black film about how the white dominated justice system sent an innocent black man to prison for many, many years. Seems like this could be just one example from Michelle Alexander's best seller "The New Jim Crow."

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firefly5
May 15, 2018

This was a difficult story to watch. I constantly thought of all the other innocent people in prison and how heartbreaking it is for so many. Not only the innocent prisoner but the people that love them, all their lives are forever changed. There was one scene in this movie I simply could not watch. The cruelty is unspeakable! I would recommend watching this movie.

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ba_library
Mar 12, 2018

A film based on a true story. An eighteen year African-American old boy is convicted of second degree murder and sentenced 15 years to life for the crime in Brooklyn, NY (Flatbush). He proclaims throughout his arrest, his trial, his incarceration that he is innocent. His family supports him and raises money for an appeal which is denied. His cousin gets a job as a process server (a person who delivers legal papers and documents) to get more of an inside education to the legal process and finds insiders who can get him documents and information, he also finds an attorney willing to re-examine the case. The man served 21 years and has more or less given up any hope of being released (parole was denied after 15 years), but through the efforts of his friend and his family; they search out old witnesses and get correct information, and his cousin goes to the press for public outreach, the man is finally released. A great movie looking at the justice system and what is considered justice. The police just need a conviction. The attorneys are overworked and under involved and come across rather recreational. Good movie, rather grim at first, but the acting is good and the story moves along quickly, for an uplifting ending. It notes at the end the number of innocent men in jail. The legal system can be very complex and complicated - you really need a team who knows their way through the process and are willing to invest time and interest in your case. What is justice? How long should you fight for it? How many mistakes are made yearly, weekly, daily? Of course, everyone pleading innocent is not innocent, but those who are innocent and wrongly convicted deserve special attention, and this movie portrays that very well.

When I checked this out I thought it was going to be about the Crown Heights riots of 1991. It turns out to be about this guy, Colin Warner, who was wrongfully convicted of murder when he was 18 years old. It is a sturdy, quiet, compact film that packs a wallop. Makes you wonder about the American gulag system we have erected in the last 35 years.

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mr_chocolate
Feb 15, 2018

Well done and found it to be time well spent. Based upon a true story, and as the closing credits and Special Features state, that there are over 100,000 wrongfully committed prisoners in the United States.
Well acted and written.

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graybear1
Jan 05, 2018

Recommended! A 17 yr old grandkid and a couple 60-somethings grandparents watched this together and all of us rated it highly. Based on a true story, which makes it that much more important to watch.

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Miller1114
Dec 06, 2017

This movie could have been about any person falsely accused of a crime. Many police officers during the 70's and 80's coerced witnesses to close cases. Thankfully DNA has been used in more cases lately & can help exonerate innocent people.

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runningbeat
Mar 27, 2018

runningbeat thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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