True Crime

05.15.19

Laura Dern, Jack O’Connell, Edward Zwick & Geoffrey Fletcher Discuss Their Film, "Trial by Fire"

"Trial by Fire," directed by Edward Zwick and written by Geoffrey Fletcher, is the true-life Texas story of the unlikely bond between Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O'Connell), an imprisoned death row inmate, and Elizabeth Gilbert (Laura Dern), a mother of two from Houston (Laura Dern) who, though facing staggering odds, fights mightily for his freedom. During Cameron's 12 years on death row, Elizabeth uncovers questionable methods and illogical conclusions in his case, and battles with the state to expose suppressed evidence that could save him. Her efforts ultimately fail, and since Willingham's execution, the disturbing question remains: Did Texas execute an innocent man?

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