An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
Documentary | English | 92 minutes
In 1987, Michael Morton, an inventory clerk for a grocery store chain, was arrested and indicted for the brutal beating and murder of his wife. The case gained additional notoriety when the slaying supposedly occurred in the presence of the couple’s three-year-old son. Firmly maintaining his innocence, Morton refused a parole as it required he admit to the slaying. John Raley and Barry Scheck of the New York based Innocence Project took on the case and started an investigation. They found the prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence, the most egregious being a video recording of Morton’s son stating the slayer was not his dad but a monstrous intruder. Raley also ordered a DNA examination of a bloody bandana found nearby. The DNA indicated the blood was not Morton’s and pointed to the real murderer. These efforts by the Innocence Project exonerated Morton, but only after he served 25 years in prison.
Why Stream This Film?
SXSW Film Festival: Winner, Best Documentary
Houston Film Critics Society Awards: Nominated, Best Documentary
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Documentarian Al Reinert effectively recounts an outrageous miscarriage of justice without a trace of manufactured melodrama or visual hyperbole.
In recounting Michael Morton’s wrongful conviction for murder and his eventual exoneration after 25 years in prison, filmmaker Al Reinert gets up close and personal. He fills this all-too-familiar story of injustice and absolution with a uniquely generous, moving spirit.
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