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Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000)

Unrated | | Documentary, Crime | TV Movie 12 March 2001
The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damien Wayne Echols ... Himself
Melissa Byers Melissa Byers ... Herself (archive footage)
Norris Deajon Norris Deajon ... Himself
Tim Sullivan Tim Sullivan ... Himself (archive sound)
Chris Worthington Chris Worthington ... Himself
John Mark Byers ... Himself
Kathy Bakken Kathy Bakken ... Herself
Burk Sauls Burk Sauls ... Himself
Jason Baldwin ... Himself
Jessie Misskelley ... Himself (as Jessie Miskelly)
Debra Shue Debra Shue ... Herself
Grove Pashley Grove Pashley ... Himself
Anna Masek Anna Masek ... Herself
Ruth Carter Ruth Carter ... Herself
Bill Pritcherson Bill Pritcherson ... Himself
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In 1994, three nonconformist boys in West Memphis, Arkansas were convicted for a horrific triple child murder. However, the original film shows how questionable evidence and a prejudiced community instead led to an apparent miscarriage of justice. The producers return to West Memphis to meet the Three again and the grassroots movement that has arisen to exonerate the Three. However, the father of one of the victims, John Mark Byers, is profiled as well as he belligerently asserts the three's guilt even as new evidence and his own criminal record draws suspicion on himself. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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USA

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English

Release Date:

12 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revelations: Paradise Lost 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

West Memphis, Arkansas, USA

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Color
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Trivia

The only film of the trilogy to be a TV project instead of receive a theatrical release. See more »

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At one point the on-screen date for a trial scene is listed as January of 1993. The murders didn't occur until May of that year. See more »

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Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »

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My Friend of Misery
Performed by Metallica
Written by Lars Ulrich, Lars Ulrich, and Jason Newsted
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This documentary made me very angry
16 August 2001 | by jeriegSee all my reviews

But not for the right reasons.

The snickering, smug arrogance of the filmmakers, who seem to have more screen time than anyone actually involved in the case, made me see this documentary as just a vanity project. I couldnt even buy the patronizing solicitude they showed towards one defendant (undoubtedly because he is the most photogenic of the three convicted of the crime).

There is a definite travesty of justice here, but getting to the truth seems to have become secondary to the childish delight with which the filmmakers show how much smarter they are than anyone else.

Their hearts may indeed be in the right place, and they truly want to see justice served, but this kind of flagrant self-aggrandizment does not do justice to anyone.

The film offers no real evidence as to the identity of the "real" killer, beyond the filmmakers' own speculation and innuendo - which is precisely what convicted the three boys they are trying to "save" in the first place.


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