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Tony Goldwyn
Conviction is an upcoming 2010 drama film directed by Tony Goldwyn. It stars Hilary Swank as Betty Anne Waters and Sam Rockwell as Kenneth. The film premiered on September 11, 2010, at the Toronto Film Festival and to be limitedly released in U.S. theaters on October 15, 2010. The film is based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters, an unemployed single mother who, with the help of attorney Barry Scheck from the Innocence Project, exonerated her wrongfully convicted brother. In order to do this she earned her GED, then her bachelor's, a master's in education, and eventually a law degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. She accomplished this while raising two boys alone and working as a waitress part-time. While in law school she began investigating her brother's case. Kenneth Waters, her brother, was convicted in 1983 of murdering Katharina Brow in Ayer, Massachusetts (the murder occurred in 1980). His sister Betty Anne located biological evidence and then worked with the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to overturning wrongful convictions, to obtain DNA testing on the evidence-proving Waters' innocence and leading to his exoneration on June 19, 2001.[1] Kenneth died from a fall six months after release. In 2009 the town of Ayer and its insurers agreed to settle his estates' civil rights lawsuit for $3.4 million.[2] Betty Anne Waters now lives in New England and continues her work in freeing wrongfully convicted criminals, as well as fighting for the rights of prison inmates.moreless


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  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It would be easy to dismiss Conviction on the ground that it plays like a made-for-television movie, but the truth is that, as often as not, movies made for the small screen are be...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    The film falls short of delivering the outrage and uplift that should have come easy for this true-life fight against justice denied. Unfortunately, that makes Conviction more a tr...

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    Although fiercely committed performances by Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell provide director Tony Goldwyn's film with a core of emotional integrity, a less heavy-handed, more informa...

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