Genre:  Drama
Release Date: October 15, 2010 (limited)
DVD: February 1, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 3.98
based on 432 votes and 153 reviews
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Cast: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher, Juliette Lewis, Ari Graynor

Inspiration: Betty Anne Waters


CONVICTION is the inspirational true story of a sister's unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters' (Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction.

Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Melissa Leo), meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny's arrest. Belief in her brother—and her quest for the truth—pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.

Director: Tony Goldwyn
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Andrew S. Karsch, Andrew Sugerman, Tony Goldwyn
Screenplay: Pamela Gray
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  • 5 stars "Great true story and movie."
  • 2 stars "Inspirational story...but a boring movie."
  • 4 stars "Great story, wasn't sure how it would turn out for awhile there (I won't spoil the ending!) Very riveting."