- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Color
- Released: April 23, 2013
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: PBS (Direct)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Interview with the filmakers
- After The Central Park Five
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sarah Burns &
Ken Burns &
Doug Wamble &
Director of Photography:
Anthony Savini &
Calvin O. Butts, III,
David Dinkins, Sr.,
Craig Steven Wilder,
Jim Dwyer &
Wall Street Journal - 11/29/2012
"[A] painstaking, heartbreaking film....As history, it's a shattering portrait of New York at a time when the city, beset by violence and drowning in drugs, was frantic to assign blame for a terrible crime..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/30/2012
"[A] careful, thoughtful documentary....It projects equal parts fury and despair as it reveals how a particular group of individuals was caught in the unforgiving gears of the criminal justice system."
New York Times - 11/21/2012
"Measured in tone and outraged in its argument, it is an emotionally stirring, at times crushingly depressing cinematic call to witness."
A.V. Club - 11/22/2012
"This is a movie about a rush to judgment in a city on edge....The specifics make the story powerful..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/30/2012
"[A] patient, righteous documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns..." -- Grade: B+
Washington Post - 12/14/2012
"Both meticulous and inflammatory, the documentary THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE re-examines the notorious 1989 case..."
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (PROHIBITION) teams with his daughter Sarah and her husband David McMahon to examine the facts in the case of five minority teens from Harlem who in 1989 were accused of committing a heinous rape in Central Park, and the failure of the authorities and the media to ensure that justice was served. Hastily tried and convicted as racial tensions in New York City spiked, the innocent teens all served time in prison before a serial rapist shocked authorities by admitting sole responsibility for the brutal sexual assault.