Gideon's Army
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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 system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan "Rap" Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center, they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
""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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Gideon's Army does what the best documentaries have always done: It makes us think about something we'd rather not."
‑ David Hinckley, New York Daily News
"Dawn Porter's engrossing HBO documentary profiles three public defenders in the Deep South."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"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."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Compelling insight into the staggering pressures faced by court-appointed public defenders."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
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