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A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.1/10 (16,569 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Tony Goldwyn

Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Hilary Swank - Betty Anne Waters
Sam Rockwell - Kenny Waters
Thomas D. Mahard - Law Professor (as Thomas Mahard)
Owen Campbell - Ben
Conor Donovan - Richard
Laurie Brown - Law Professor 2
John Pyper-Ferguson - Aidan
Minnie Driver - Abra Rice
Ele Bardha - Don
Melissa Leo - Nancy Taylor
Rusty Mewha - Desk Sergeant
Marc Macaulay - Officer Boisseau
Bailee Madison - Young Betty Anne
Tobias Campbell - Young Kenny
Frank Zieger - Boyfriend

Taglines: An extraordinary journey of how far we go to fight for our family.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 5 November 2010

Filming Locations: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $102,351 (USA) (17 October 2010) (11 Screens)

Gross: $6,783,129 (USA) (26 December 2010)

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Did You Know?

The rights first flowed to Andrew S. Karsch because he had a connection to attorney Scheck, Barry of the Innocence Project; for starters, they are neighbors in the same Brooklyn Heights building.

Anachronisms: In various scenes where Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell's characters are meeting in the jail, the Sprite that Hilary drinks from has the new logo from 2005 consisting of two yellow and green "halves" forming an "S" lemon/lime design. This logo had not yet been created during the implied times of these scenes.

Betty Anne Waters: [after hearing that his brother was convicted] We'll appeal, Kenny! We'll get you out!

User Review

Hopefully this film will finally give Sam Rockwell, the recognition he deserves.

Rating: 9/10

Wow conviction is definitely a deeply moving film and very well acted by Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver and Juliette Lewis. However Sam Rockwell is the one who really shines in Conviction. He plays his role as this man who got wrongfully convicted of murder, really raw and powerful. His character had many different emotions in this film. He had to express many different emotional feelings in the role. He had to be angry, sad, and happy and he portrayed it very well. If he doesn't get an Oscar nomination for this film, I'd be truly surprised if he doesn't get his recognition, he is severely underrated, so much so that it actually angers me, that the Academy doesn't recognize Sam Rockwell because he is definitely overdue for an Oscar nomination or win.


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