The Vernon Johns Story / The Innocent Sleep / Getting Gotti / Innocent Victims (2-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 7 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: July 7, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Source One Entertainment
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||James Earl Jones, Rupert Graves, Lorraine Bracco & Rick Schroder|
Oscar® nominee James Earl Jones stars as controversial pastor Vernon Johns, one of the earliest voices of civil rights. In 1948, Johns served as the outspoken spiritual leader of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Incensed at the racial injustice that pervaded the south, he was determined to fight for equality for all African Americans. His refusal to accept segregation incited anger amongst local law enforcement and caused his family to fear for their lives. Johns held strong to his beliefs and encouraged his congregation to join him. But, the church council deemed him a troublemaker and he was voted out as pastor . . . only to be replaced by future civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr.
The Innocent Sleep:
Alan Terry (Rupert Graves) lived in Northern England until the loss of his wife, job and self-respect brought him to a section of the London streets known as Cardboard City, which is home to the homeless. One night while sleeping in a deserted building, Alan witnesses the murder of a high-profile businessman. He attempts to leave the scene unnoticed, but the killers realize that someone has seen them commit the crime. Alan goes to the police only to discover that one of the killers (Michael Gambon) is leading the case. In a panic, Alan recruits the help of Billie Hayman (Annabella Sciorra), an American journalist, to write his story. It starts a chase of catastrophic consequences as they endeavor to expose the corrupt police department of London.
Although they grew up in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, Diane Giacalone (Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos), the new Assistant U.S. Attorney, is determined to prosecute John Gotti, the Mob's infamous, 'Dapper Don' (Anthony John Denison). Uncooperative FBI agents and bureaucrats will not deter the driven young prosecutor as her quest culminates in the riveting and controversial trial of a Mafia boss and the principles that govern their lives.
Based on a shocking true-crime, this absorbing anatomy of a triple murder reconstructs the case of Army Sergeant, Tim Hennis (John Corbett, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Sex In The City) who is found guilty and sentenced to death for the slaying of an Air Force captain's wife and her two young daughters in Fayetteville, N.C.
In the highly-charged criminal trial, only Hennis's parents, wife, and dedicated defense team refuse to give up. On appeal, they turn up new evidence that rips the state's case to shreds, revealing a stunning story of false witness and hidden proof. With brutal truth, and chilling suspense, this compelling drama keeps you spellbound.