After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian's life.
“THE FILM’S POWER LIES IN THE BRUTALITY OF ITS TRUE STORY, AND YET THAT NARRATIVE STAYS WITHIN FAIRLY CONVENTIONAL BOUNDS PRECISELY BECAUSE OF CRETTON’S COMMITMENT TO TELLING IT.”
- David Sims, The Atlantic
“CRETTON AND HIS LEADS GIVE THE NARRATIVE AN URGENCY AND TIMELINESS”
- Anupama Chopra, Film Companion
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
Runtime: 137 minutes
Rated: PG: violence; coarse language; theme of discrimination