Deadline

Film

Time Out says

Credit Deadline for bravely exposing the complex legal and ethical questions behind capital punishment, a mode of justice that's presented here as flawed at best, racist at worst. The documentary's statistics-rich inquiry is framed within the controversy that swept over Illinois in 2003, when then-governor George Ryan issued a sweeping clemency, commuting the sentences of all 167 standing convicts as the products of an untrustworthy system that favored results over facts. Though they've elicited insight from most of their interviewees, codirectors Chevigny and Johnson are, unfortunately, less probing of Ryan's transformation from hard-on-crime conservative into humanitarian—inexcusable given their access to him.

By: JR

Details

Release details

Duration:
90 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Katy Chevigny, Kirsten Johnson
Cast:
Anthony Amsterdam
Stephen Bright
Donald Cabana
Tom Cross
Gary Gauger
Cornelia Grumman
Lawrence Hayes
Grayland Johnson
Elaine Jones
Robert Jones
David Keaton
Larry Marshall
Steve Mills
Maurice Possley
George Ryan
Donald Schneble
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