The Chair

The Chair

Directed by Drew Associates

In the film that created a sensation at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival, documentary legend Robert Drew and his associates follow attorneys Louis Nizer and Donald Moore as they attempt to save prisoner Paul Crump from the electric chair.

Documentary legend Robert Drew and his associates follow attorneys Louis Nizer and Donald Moore as they attempt to save prisoner Paul Crump from the electric chair.

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i don't care

blacksun
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3 years ago

The supreme dislike of the defense attorneys make it almost impossible to root for the inmate but I still managed to do so.

JeanaSavage
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5 years ago

This documentary was made on the year I was born.Very interesting documentary.

gilsgal562
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5 years ago

This 1962 documentary covers the commutation hearing for convicted (and confessed) murderer Paul Crump. This issue: had Crump been rehabilitated in the years since his 1952 and 1955 retrial convictions? The film covers approximately five days as lawyers Moore and Nizer prepare for the hearing, while the prison warden proceeds with preparations for the execution. Note: while in prison facing execution, Crump wrote a novel entitled "Burn, Killer,Burn" in which the protagonist, a condemned killer, chooses to commit suicide rather than let himself be executed.

klinzhai
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5 years ago

an equally moving and thoughtful film that asks profound questions about justice and jurisdiction in modern society. the diverse characters are beautifully captured and brought together in an idea of commitment that is today as relevant as ever.

Jo1984
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6 years ago