The Exonerated [DVD] [2005]

An all-star cast of actors including Susan Sarandon, Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Aidan Quinn, and Delroy Lindo join director Bob Balaban in telling the true-life tales of six exonerated death-row survivors in the film that boldly asks viewers what they would do if many years were suddenly erased from their lives. Convicted and sentenced to capitol punishment for a crime that she never committed, Sunny Jacobs (Sarandon) was robbed of 16 years and a lifetime worth of memories. As a Drama Desk-winning play, The Exonerated set stages ablaze across America. Now, as a major motion picture starring some of the biggest actors of their generation, Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen's powerful take on the search for dignity in lives interrupted offers a series of stories that will leave viewers both shaken and affected.
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Special Features

  • Actors' soundbites
  • From the writers
  • Actor & exoneree bios
  • Background story
  • Closed Captioned


The Exonerated
Adapted by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen from their own off-Broadway play, The Exonerated dramatizes the real-life stories of six innocent citizens who spent anywhere from three to 20 years on death row until DNA testing proved that they had all been falsely convicted. Each of the six stories is related in the first person, using free-flowing flashbacks to highlight selected events. Some critics felt that, by using such A-list actors as Susan Sarandon, Aidan Quinn, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, and Delroy Lindo to play the unfairly condemned protagonists, the text of the original play was thrown off balance; this may be the reason why the relatively unknown David Brown Jr., cast as the sixth main character, received some of the best reviews. In the tradition of Schindler's List, the actual people whose experiences are enacted in the film show up on camera for the final scene. Directed by veteran Broadway and Hollywood actor Bob Balaban (Seinfeld, A Mighty Wind), The Exonerated was produced for the Court TV cable channel, and was first broadcast on January 27, 2005. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Susan Sarandon
    Susan Sarandon - Sunny
  • Aidan Quinn
    Aidan Quinn - Kerry
  • Danny Glover
    Danny Glover - David
  • Brian Dennehy
    Brian Dennehy - Gary
  • Delroy Lindo
    Delroy Lindo - Delbert
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