Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

Directed by Jeremiah Zagar

A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the consciousness of America. From gavel to gavel, a nation tuned in, and reality TV was born. Pulsating with sex, drugs, betrayal, and murder, the trial inspired 20 years of television shows, books, plays, and movies, including To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman.

A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the consciousness of America.

Cast: Pamala Smart

Member Reviews

wow, excellent, I remember this when it came out, I was around 20 years old, and im actually ashamed of believing the media, and lies that controlled this whole trial...its so well done it gave me a new perspective of the crime that happened. the whole case was tarnished right from the beginning...as soon this case was publicized before the actual trial, totally made it bias toward pamela smart, she never had a chance...and everyone involved, i believe now on the prosecutor side was all about the media attention and popularity of their firm that mattered, not the life that was taken.

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18 days ago

This was so well done. The way the tied in the very first and very last scene to the overall themes that ran throughout the documentary was amazing and emotional. I love that this documentary dove into issues with media involvement in the justice system and the impact that can have on a jury trial. I agree with juror #13 in that we will never really know the full story, but this documentary does a beautiful job of presenting us with some of the facts and posing a lot of questions for us to answer for ourselves.

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a month ago

Juror #13 spoke to me, and I don't doubt that the media influenced the jury. I saw the Nicole Kidman movie, it's always stuck out in my head for some reason. Although it knew it was dramatized, I assumed the verdict was based on enough evidence to convict beyond a reasonable doubt. I have reasonable doubt if even 1/4 of the information in this film is true. This should be looked into. Life without parole is a pretty severe sentence for sleeping with a teenager. The adultry can be easily forgiven, especially considering the spouse's infidelity

NickenNoodle
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3 months ago

Juror #13 spoke to me, and I don't doubt that the media influenced the jury. I saw the Nicole Kidman movie, it's always stuck out in my head for some reason. Although it knew it was dramatized, I assumed the verdict was based on enough evidence to convict beyond a reasonable doubt. I have reasonable doubt if even 1/4 of the information in this film is true. This should be looked into. Life without parole is a pretty severe sentence for sleeping with a teenager. The adultry can be easily forgiven, especially considering the spouse's infidelity

NickenNoodle
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3 months ago

Juror #13 spoke to me, and I don't doubt that the media influenced the jury. I saw the Nicole Kidman movie, it's always stuck out in my head for some reason. Although it knew it was dramatized, I assumed the verdict was based on enough evidence to convict beyond a reasonable doubt. I have reasonable doubt if even 1/4 of the information in this film is true. This should be looked into. Life without parole is a pretty severe sentence for sleeping with a teenager. The adultry can be easily forgiven, especially considering the spouse's infidelity

NickenNoodle
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3 months ago