The Trials of Darryl Hunt
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In 1984, Deborah Sykes, a copy editor at a newspaper in Winston-Salem, NC, was on her way to work when she was attacked by a man who raped and killed her. Three men were identified by the police as likely suspects -- Sammy Mitchell, Johnny Gray, and Darryl Hunt -- but it didn't take long for investigators to single out Hunt as the man who committed the brutal crime. Coverage of the case in the Winston-Salem Sentinel, the paper Sykes worked for, fueled public outrage and many called for swift justice against Hunt. However, Hunt stubbornly declared his innocence, and even declined an… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Throughout the film, Hunt emerges as a likable man with a deep religious faith and an astonishing ability to reject anger and bitterness."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A scathing indictment of a system in disarray and provides a heartfelt portrait of the resilience of the human spirit, struggling in the face of injustice and genuinely overwhelming odds."
‑ Richard Mowe, Boxoffice Magazine
"A disturbing bio-pic chronicling a mammoth miscarriage of justice which can only be explained as resulting from deep-seated racism. Despite its feelgood resolution, the film offers little in the way of reassurances that this will never happen again."
‑ Kam Williams, Black Star News
"Powerful and unsettling."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"The uplift here is honestly earned, because it is so beautifully contrasted with harrowing venality and willful ignorance."
‑ Jim Hemphill,
"[A] rarity in these sorry days of the dying art of genuine journalism: a sensational story told without sensationalism..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"... a complicated tale that exposes how a credible case can be built upon perjuries and fabrications."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"As the film shows in harrowing detail, the first trial featured an incredible array of errors (intentional or not) by the investigation and prosecution teams."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"I don't want to give to much away in terms of this film because it really is fascinating, but I will say that the film helps crystalize major flaws in our legal system."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
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