One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction. Based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters and her struggle to free her innocent brother from a life sentence in prison, the film stars Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo and Peter Gallagher.
While some might see this movie as nothing more than Oscar bait, I caught a screening and thought Goldwyn did a good job bringing the story to life and it was more than a made for TV movie. Of course, with fantastic performances from both Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, it’s a lot easier to make any movie better. While Sam Rockwell is still under the radar to most moviegoers, his performance in Conviction is just another reason why I think he’s one of the best actors working today.
With Conviction getting released October 15, Fox Searchlight has sent over three clips and you can check them out after the jump. You can hear both Swank and Rockwell doing New England accents.
Here’s the synopsis and further down the clips. You can also watch the trailer here.
Conviction is the inspirational true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy® Award winner Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction.
Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pours through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo), meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny’s arrest. Belief in her brother – and her quest for the truth – pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.