Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil), in collaboration with the production team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, West of Memphis tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 Robin Hood Hills murders of three 8-year-old boys (Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore) in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crime—Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. All three were teenagers when they became the target of the police investigation; all three went on to lose 18 years of their lives—imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. The film reveals how close Echols, his wife Lorri Davis, along with his legal team, friends and supporters, came to losing the fight to save his own life. But as Echols, who spent eighteen years on death row, himself has stated "...in the face of such horror, in the face of resounding grief and pain, you cannot give up...you must never give up." Official Web Site

Director:

Amy Berg

Cast:

Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley, Lorri Davis, Michael Baden, Steve Braga, David Burnett, Mark Byers, Scott Ellington, Rachel Geiser, Terry Hobbs, David Jacoby, Peter Jackson, Henry Rollins, Barry Scheck, Dan Stidham, Eddie Vedder

MPAA Rating:

R

Run Time:

2hrs 25mins

Release Year:

2012

Country Of Origin:

USA, New Zealand