The People Vs. Paul Crump
The People Vs. Paul Crump (1962)

Before directing The French Connection, The Exorcist, and Killer Joe, William Friedkin made one of the most powerful documentaries you've never seen. On March 20, 1953, five black men robbed a meatpacking plant in Chicago's Union… More

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Release Date: May 27, 2014
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The provocatively detached perspective that Friedkin brings to these violent scenes points ahead to his features Cruising and Rampage, and like the latter film, this asks viewers to think long and hard about the validity of capital punishment.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Economical yet flamboyantly righteous, as it should have been -- the existence of the film played at least a small part in keeping Crump out of the chair.

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