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Film / Conviction (2010)

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A 2010 biographical legal drama film directed by Tony Goldwyn, that has a woman (Hilary Swank) trying to prove her brother's (Sam Rockwell) innocence in a murder.

The movie also stars Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Loren Dean, Karen Young, Clea DuVall, Juliette Lewis, and Peter Gallagher.

It was released on September 11, 2010.

Tropes for the film:

  • Don't Split Us Up: This happened to Betty and Kenny during a flashback.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The plot is about a woman named Betty, who spends eighteen years tirelessly working to free her wrongfully convicted brother from prison, refusing to believe that he is guilty. The title refers to both "conviction" in the legal sense (finding someone guilty of a crime) and to "conviction" in the psychological sense (strong, unshakeable belief in something).
  • Historical Domain Character: Barry Scheck, an attorney who works with the Innocence Project.
  • Karma Houdini: The epilogue explained that although Betty won a major settlement against the Ayer Police Department and Sergeant Nance Taylor for her brother's wrongful conviction, Taylor was never charged because the statute of limitations has expired. The worst that ever happened to Taylor is that she was fired from the Ayer Police Department for fabricating evidence in another case.
    • The epilogue also explained that the real killer of Katherina Reitz Brow has never been found.
  • One-Word Title: Conviction.
  • Tagline: "An extraordinary journey of how far we go to fight for our family".
  • Time-Shifted Actor: Bailee Madison plays a younger Betty in flashbacks.