The Execution of Wanda Jean
The Execution of Wanda Jean (2002)

Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA) directed this documentary that takes a close look at death row inmate Wanda Jean Allen. What sets this film apart from the average examination of a death row appeal is that the convicted killer is a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 17, 2002
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post

Compelling but self-undermining documentary.

Michael Szymanski

Gripping documentary...

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Worth a look by those on both sides of the issues, if only for the perspective it offers, one the public rarely sees.

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Julie Salamon
New York Times

Offers an unusual opportunity to observe the inequities in the death penalty, not just the inherent immorality but also the haphazard administration of it and public misperception of how the whole thing works.

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Joshua Tanzer

You will emerge with a clearer view of how the gears of justice grind on and the death report comes to share airtime alongside the farm report.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Sensitively examines general issues of race and justice among the poor, and specifically raises serious questions about the death penalty and asks what good the execution of a mentally challenged woman could possibly do.

Michael Miller
Village Voice

As Allen's execution date closes in, the documentary gives an especially poignant portrait of her friendship with the never flagging legal investigator David Presson.

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Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

A gripping documentary.

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Jon Lap
Apollo Guide

[Garbus] discards the potential for pathological study, exhuming instead, the skewed melodrama of the circumstantial situation.

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