Gideon's Army
Gideon's Army (2013)

Gideon's Army follows Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 28, 2013
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

For all the harrowing truth here, about race and poverty and justice, the film is brisk and tight, alive with everyday detail and flashes of humor.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

"Gideon's Army" is a bare film with no narrator and a minimal soundtrack. That's all it needs to grab you by the throat.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

While both the structure and most of the content of Gideon's Army are familiar, it does raise a few issues often left out of similar issues docs. One is the fact that many of the defendants are in fact guilty...

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David Hinckley
New York Daily News

Gideon's Army does what the best documentaries have always done: It makes us think about something we'd rather not.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Dawn Porter's engrossing HBO documentary profiles three public defenders in the Deep South.

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

If Gideon's Army underscores anything it's that the right to counsel is being following in America by the letter of the law, but not the spirit.

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John Anderson
Variety

Like the film itself, Porter's handful of devoted, charismatic attorneys do a righteous job of reminding people that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, and that the criminal justice system seems otherwise disposed.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Compelling insight into the staggering pressures faced by court-appointed public defenders.

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

The [public defenders'] personal stories turn out to be every bit as challenging as those of their clients, and their personal investment every bit as crucial.

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