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Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (2014)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 15 August 2014 (USA)
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A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the ... See full summary »

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Jeremiah Zagar
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Credited cast:
Nicole Kidman ... Suzanne Stone (archive footage)
Joaquin Phoenix ... Jimmy Emmett (archive footage)
Helen Hunt ... Pamela Smart (archive footage)
Matt Dillon ... Larry Maretto (archive footage)
Pamela Smart Pamela Smart ... Herself
Stanley M. Brooks ... Himself
Joyce Chopra ... Herself
Joyce Maynard Joyce Maynard ... Herself
Ted Haimes ... Himself
Paul Maggiotto Paul Maggiotto ... Himself
Bill Spencer Bill Spencer ... Himself
Dan Pelletier Dan Pelletier ... Himself
Raymond Fowler Raymond Fowler ... Himself
Sonia Fortin-Simon Sonia Fortin-Simon ... Herself
Eric Trautmann Eric Trautmann ... Detective
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A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the consciousness of America. From gavel to gavel, a nation tuned in, and reality TV was born. Pulsating with sex, drugs, betrayal, and murder, the trial inspired 20 years of television shows, books, plays, and movies, including To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Live Free or Die See more »

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Flying & Flocking
Written by Zoe Keating (as Zoë Keating)
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Geeky Randy's summary
29 December 2014 | by Geeky RandySee all my reviews

Jeremiah Zagar's HBO documentary tells the story of the high-profile New Hampshire trial and conviction of Pamela Smart, the accused murderer of Gregg Smart (her husband) in 1990. The film is packed with interviews—which includes: Smart herself, family, friends, accused conspirators, authors, reporters, and others—and does a pretty good job of letting the viewer choose who to believe. Right from the get-go, the film's main interest is how the notorious media coverage may have interfered with Smart's right to a fair trial, and Zagar not only never lets up but actually keeps pushing the issue harder and harder as the film progresses, making itself as sensationalistic as the subjects it's criticizing. Still, very intriguing and quite education for those who were not around or do not remember the hype of it all in the early-'90s.

*** (out of four)


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