At the Death House Door
At the Death House Door (2008)

"At the Death House Door" is a personal look at the death penalty in the state of Texas. The story is told by Pastor Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous "Walls" prison unit in… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

At the Death House Door is a sobering account of Pickett's gradual evolution from pro-death penalty minister to a man struggling to reconcile his complicated role in those deaths.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

makes great sense from a journalist's perspective.

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Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt

A documentary that feels even more relevant with the upcoming Supreme Court discussion of lethal injection in June.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The directors of Hoop Dreams and Stevie turn their documentary lens on capital punishment through the experiences of Rev. Carroll Pickett, the chaplain of Texas' Huntsville Prison, where he ministered to 95 condemned inmates in their final hours.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

brings to light the personal struggles of a dedicated man who has been facing life and death issues on the front lines

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S. James Wegg

Rarely has the unholy alliance between Church and State been so succinctly delineated than in this detail-rich documentation of the near-daily ritual of purging the glorious state of Texas of its 'worst of the worst'.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

an involving film with fresh perspectives that should ensure appeal on the activist and festival circuits.

Harvey S. Karten

A measured portrait of a pastor who morphed from an advocate of the death penalty to an advocate for a maximum sentence of life without parole.

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Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy

a powerful rumination on the death penalty, but perhaps because Rev. Pickett isn't a firebrand, the film is curiously disaffecting.

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Walter M.
"At the Death House Door" is a haunting and incisive documentary about Carroll Pickett, a retired Presbyterian minister, and his long journey to… More