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The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006)

PG-13
106 min | Documentary, Crime

"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Both a social justice story and a ...See more"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Both a social justice story and a personally driven narrative, the film chronicles this capital case from 1984 through 2004. With exclusive footage from two decades, the film frames the judicial and emotional response to a chilling crime - and the implications that reverberate from Hunt's conviction - against a backdrop of class and racial bias in the South and in the American criminal justice system. This documentary is the culmination of ten years of research and filming. In 1993, inspired by claims of injustice and police conspiracy, the filmmakers began to shoot in North Carolina. Working from a mix of formats (16mm and 24P video) the film melds the visceral reality of a murder case with first person accounts and cinematic imagery, illuminating perceptions and memories of events as they unfolded for the people closest to this haunting story. This unique look at one man's loss and redemption challenges the assumption that all Americans have the right to unbiased justice. Hunt's story - while one man's personal journey - reflects systemic issues of national concern: cross-racial eyewitness identification, prosecutorial misconduct, inexperienced defense attorneys assigned to capital cases, racial bias in death penalty cases and errors in police procedure. Barry Scheck from The Innocence Project, who worked on Hunt's case for ten years, and Gary Wells, professor and eyewitness expert, offer concrete examples where errors occurred in Hunt's saga and offer future remedies and effective ideas to prevent future "Darryl Hunts." Hunt himself addresses the need for systemic reforms to prevent wrongful convictions, underscoring the haunting reality that Hunt could have been sentenced to death and we would never have known this story. Written by Annie Sundberg See less
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Katie Brown | William Rexer (as William Rexer II) | Ricki Stern | Anne Sundberg (as Annie Sundberg)
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Budget
$200,000
Opening weekend
$619
Gross (US & Canada)
$1,217
Gross (World)
$1,217
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Release date
Jan 2006 (United States)

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45 cast members
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Evelyn Jefferson
Herself - Deborah Sykes' Mother Herself - Deborah Sykes' Mother   See fewer
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Fred Flagler
Himself - Former Editor, Winston-Salem Sentinel Himself - Former Editor, Winston-Salem Sentinel   See fewer
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John Reeves
Himself - Crime Stoppers Coordinator Himself - Crime Stoppers Coordinator   See fewer
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Mary Anne Sheboy
Herself - Former Reporter, WXII Herself - Former Reporter, WXII   See fewer
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Mark Rabil
Himself - Defense Attorney Himself - Defense Attorney   See fewer
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Gordon Jenkins
Himself - Defense Attorney Himself - Defense Attorney   See fewer
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Darryl Hunt
Himself - Wrongfully Convicted Himself - Wrongfully Convicted   See fewer
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Larry Little
Himself - Winston-Salem City Alderman Himself - Winston-Salem City Alderman   See fewer
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Joseph Masten
Himself - Winston-Salem City Chief of Police Himself - Winston-Salem City Chief of Police   See fewer
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Sammy Mitchell
Himself - Piedmont Correctional Facility Himself - Piedmont Correctional Facility   See fewer
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Don Tisdale
Himself - Former District Attorney Himself - Former District Attorney   See fewer
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Johnny Gray
Himself - State's Witness Himself - State's Witness   See fewer
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Khalid Griggs
Himself - Darryl Hunt Defense Fund (as Imam Khalid Griggs) Himself - Darryl Hunt Defense Fund (as Imam Khalid Griggs)   See fewer
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Thomas Murphy
Himself - Witness Himself - Witness   See fewer
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James Daulton
Himself - Detective Himself - Detective   See fewer
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Roger Weaver
Himself - Witness Himself - Witness   See fewer
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Margaret Crawford
Herself - Witness Herself - Witness   See fewer
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Mark Mayhew
Himself - Newscaster Himself - Newscaster   See fewer
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Cynthia McKee
Herself - Witness Herself - Witness   See fewer
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Richard Lyle
Himself - District Attorney Himself - District Attorney   See fewer
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John Mendez
Himself - Chairman, Hunt Defense Fund (as Rev. John Mendez) Himself - Chairman, Hunt Defense Fund (as Rev. John Mendez)   See fewer
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Carlton Eversley
Himself - Hunt Defense Fund (as Rev. Carlton Eversley) Himself - Hunt Defense Fund (as Rev. Carlton Eversley)   See fewer
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Monica Malpass
Herself - Reporter Herself - Reporter   See fewer
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James Ferguson
Himself - Defense Attorney Himself - Defense Attorney   See fewer
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April Hunt
Herself - Khalid Grigg's Stepdaughter Herself - Khalid Grigg's Stepdaughter   See fewer
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Dean Bowman
Himself - Special Prosecutor Himself - Special Prosecutor   See fewer
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Bill Miller
Himself - Witness (as Sgt. Bill Miller) Himself - Witness (as Sgt. Bill Miller)   See fewer
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Deborah Davis
Herself - Witness Herself - Witness   See fewer
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Kevey Coleman
Himself - Witness Himself - Witness   See fewer
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Jesse Moorer
Himself - Witness Himself - Witness   See fewer
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Richard McGough
Himself - Private Invstigator Himself - Private Invstigator   See fewer
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Willis Reynolds
Himself - Witness Himself - Witness   See fewer
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Lisa McBride
Herself - Witness Herself - Witness   See fewer
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Al Kelly
Himself - Witness Himself - Witness   See fewer
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Ben Dowling Sendor
Himself - Appellate Attorney Himself - Appellate Attorney   See fewer
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Adam Stein
Himself - Attorney Himself - Attorney   See fewer
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Eric Saunders
Himself - Assistant District Attorney Himself - Assistant District Attorney   See fewer
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Melzer A. Morgan
Himself - Judge (as Judge Melzer A. Morgan) Himself - Judge (as Judge Melzer A. Morgan)   See fewer
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Blair Meeks
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Phoebe Zewick
Herself - Reporter, Winston-Salem Journal Herself - Reporter, Winston-Salem Journal   See fewer
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Carl Crothers
Himself - Executive Editor, Winston-Salem Journal Himself - Executive Editor, Winston-Salem Journal   See fewer
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Tom Keith
Himself - District Attorney Himself - District Attorney   See fewer
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Willard Brown
Himself - Suspect Himself - Suspect   See fewer
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Anderson Cromer
Himself - Judge (as Judge Anderson Cromer) Himself - Judge (as Judge Anderson Cromer)   See fewer
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Robert Hamilton
Himself - News Reporter UPN 48 Himself - News Reporter UPN 48   See fewer
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7.6 / 10 | 955 votes