Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

Laura Dern and Jack O'Connell ('71) star in this true story drama about a Texas man who was executed after forensic evidence and expert testimony were suppressed.

Convicted for the alleged 1991 murder of his three young children and arson at his family home, John Todd Willingham was eventually executed by lethal injection in 2004. Following his death, his case has received significant media attention surrounding misinterpretation of evidence and the alleged corrupt handling of the case by the prosecution.

2018Rating: CTC127 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Edward Zwick ('The Last Samurai', 'Legends of the Fall', 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back')
Writer:
Geoffrey Fletcher
Cast:
Laura DernJack O'ConnellEmily MeadeJeff PerryJade PettyjohnChris CoyJason DouglasMcKinley Belcher III

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Trial by Fire / Reviews

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The film plods at points, trudging along, and there are a few misguided narrative 'devices' tacked on.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

There's that masterpiece of a micro-performance by Jeff Perry, in that single scene. That alone is worth the price of admission.

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Vulture

Vulture

The movie is painstakingly well made and murderously hard to sit through.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Powerful stuff, but unpowerfully told...

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Independent

Independent

Forces Willingham through a kind of poetic transformation.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

What Zwick lacks in artistry, he makes up for in anger, and Trial by Fire burns with a righteous fury that spreads right off the screen.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Without flair or fresh insights into its chosen subject, this just seems like spinning more wheels about on oft-discussed subject.

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