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Actors: Anthony Amsterdam, Stephen Bright, Donald Cabana, Tom Cross, Gary Gauger
Directors: Katy Chevigny, Kirsten Johnson
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 30min

What would you do if you discovered that 13 people slated for execution had been found innocent? That was exactly the question that Illinois Governor George Ryan faced in his final days in office. He alone was left to deci...  more »


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Actors: Anthony Amsterdam, Stephen Bright, Donald Cabana, Tom Cross, Gary Gauger
Directors: Katy Chevigny, Kirsten Johnson
Creators: Katy Chevigny, Angela Tucker, Dallas Brennan, Domenic Rom, Karen Barrett, Peter Gilbert
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Television, Crime & Conspiracy, Politics
Studio: Homevision
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/05/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Movie Reviews

An extremely well-crafted and thought provoking documentary
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Deadline is a remarkably good documentary. It is thought provoking and emotionally wrenching. Early on, I found myself drawn in, torn, going back and forth with each new argument for or against the death penalty. That's the mark of a well constructed doc. It shakes you up, makes you think, and ultimately re-examine what it is that you believe. As we age and change, we can outgrow some of our values without fully realizing it. Works like Deadline stimulate introspection and the clarification of one's deepest values by asking questions like, "What is the function of the State? The Courts? The Legal System as a whole? As a community, how do we define such things as mercy, compassion, forgiveness? What is Justice? And what is the value we give to human life?"
There seems to be a resurgence in documentaries in the last few years and Deadline shows just how powerful this genre of film making can be. Thanks for keeping the bar set so high. Enjoy."
Must see if you believe in justice
truth seeker | Tucson, AZ USA | 01/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I watched this video as I am an actor presently performing in "The Exonerated," an award-winning play on the same topic. Before learning more about the topic, I was very naive in understanding how arbitrarily the death penalty is imposed in our country. Everyone who believes in justice and humanity should see this video and then decide for yourself what a citizen should do about the situation. It reveals what is wrong with our system and gives the real stories of those who are at work in our society to improve the criminal justice system."
What you don't know can hurt you!
Millie Bennett | Mobile | 08/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a gut-wrenching and thought provoking movie about the criminal justice system in the United States. The directors do an excellent job of demonstrating how emotional factors play into the prosecution of suspected murderers and how the more heinous the crime, the more likely an unjust verdict will be reached. Since it is the poor, the uneducated and the minorities who are the least protected in our society, they, of course, bear the brunt of the failure of our criminal justice system to protect the innocent. Deadline makes a very good point that as long as we focus on the outrage of the crime and ignore how capital murder cases are being prosecuted, we will be doomed to an unjust system.

I have just read two excellent compilations describing each and every case for those recently executed entitled, Death Penalty USA: 2003 - 2004 and Death Penalty USA: 2005 - 2006 by Michelangelo Delfino and Mary E. Day who also do an excellent job and I highly recommend these books if you really want to really know how the ultimate penalty is being imposed in the U.S.

Great documentary
chicoer2003 | Fresno, CA United States | 09/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Deadline is a great documentary about Gov Ryan's (R-IL) role when it took 160 inmates off death rows. The film goes into the death penalty's history and tries to show how it's flawed. Deadline will make you think about how reliable our justice system is."