The Last Word

The Last Word

DVD - 2010
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Tells the story of an innocent man that has been executed by the state. Regardless of faith, for or against the death penalty, liberal or conservative, the movie compels viewers to feel not only the collective pain our societal conscience suffers for executing the innocent but also the individual fear of not knowing what margins of error our judges, jurors and executioners will find acceptable tomorrow
Publisher: [United States] : [Distributed by] Seminal Films, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 0653496124028


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Sep 15, 2018

Capital Punishment is a controversial subject. What if a young man of only 17 is convicted? What if he is mentally challenged? What if he was horribly abused by his stepfather? The biggest question of all - What if an innocent person is put to death? This movie captures all of that and the corrupt law enforcement and judicial systems that accompany them. Strangely, it was a psychic who lead police to Johnny and it was a letter cursing those who brought about his demise from Johnny released following his death that seemingly put a lot of death in motion. Society demands "justice" for a horrible crime more than it demands the truth, so, sometimes, like in this case, injustice is served. This film depicts rapid fire information on the crime and the aftermath that befalls Johnny, his family, those who believed in him, and those who (possibly) met the fate of his "curse letter."

Jan 07, 2017

This is a 90-minute documentary written and directed by Jesse Quackenbush in 2008 about Johnny Garrett who was executed by the state of Texas and who later turned out innocent.
According to the prosecution, 17-year-old Garrett raped, strangled, and killed 76-year-old nun Tadea Benz in the St. Francis Convent.
On November 9, 1981, Johnny Garrett, who lived across the street from the convent, was arrested, tried and convicted for the crime.
Johnny was ultimately executed at age 28 at Huntsville Unit, by lethal injection, on February 11, 1992.
Director Jesse Quackenbush, a man from Albany, New York who graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1987 and, that year, moved to Amarillo, made this documentary.
He shows that Garrett was the victim of overzealous prosecutors and poor defense attorneys.
This movie is a must-see if you have an opinion about capital punishment.

aaa5756 Aug 27, 2014

Very well done documentary. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see.


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