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THE KILLING YARD

FEATURE FILM

2001

SYNOPSIS

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Based on the true events surrounding the 1971.

Attica prison uprising which had an indelible impact on the

American prison system and jury process.

 

1971, protesting the dreadful conditions at the state penitentiary, 1200 inmates — mostly African-American — takes control of Prison Yard D. After a half a week negotiating with the prisoners, the police burst into the jail with guns ablaze. Reportedly 2,200 rounds are fired, 39 people killed, and 80 wounded. Fearing an investigation, the State Department indicts a number of prisoners for murder, including Shango Bahati Kakawama, also known as Bernard Stroble (Morris Chestnut), a former law student and activist against the prison administration. Crack lawyer Ernie Goodman (Alan Alda) agrees to defend him, but before he can keep him from the gallows he has to allay Shango's distrust. Meanwhile, civil liberties activist Linda Borus (Rose McGowan) uncovers the truth

and the elaborate layers of deceit that the state erected.

 

 

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CREDITS

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Directed by: Euzhan Palcy

Screenwriter: Benita Garvin

Produced by: Daniele Rohrbach & Benita Garvin

Composer (Music Score): Patrice Rushen

Running time: 110 min

Released: September 26, 2001

CAST

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Morris Chestnut

Alan Alda

Rose McGowan

Arthur Holden

TRAILER

 

THE KILLING YARD

 

AWARDS & HONORS

 

 

2002  —  American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts 2002                  / Winner

 

The American Bar Association annually presents the Silver Gavel Awards to recognize work in media and the arts published or presented during the preceding year that have been exemplary in helping to foster the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system. The ABA has presented these awards annually since 1958.

 

2002  —  Black Reel Awards / Nominated

      Network / Cable — Best Actor : Morris Chestnut

      Network / Cable — Best Director : Euzhan Palcy

 

2002  —  Edgar Allan Poe Awards / Nominated

                (Screenwriter: Benita Garvin)

 

          —  Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 

               / Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television

               — Effects & Foley, Long Form

REVIEWS

 

 

New York Times

Canarsie Courier