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2019 | Crime Drama | 2hrs, 7m

Trial by Fire is the true-life Texas story of the unlikely bond between an imprisoned death row inmate (Jack O'Connell) and a mother of two from Houston (Laura Dern) who, though facing staggering odds... full plot below

U.S. Release Date

Trial by Fire release date was Friday, May 17, 2019. This was a Limited in theaters release.

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July 2019

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Jack O'Connell
Cameron Todd Willingham
Laura Dern
Elizabeth Gilbert
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Directed by

Ed Zwick

Screenwriter

Geoffrey Fletcher

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Trial by Fire is the true-life Texas story of the unlikely bond between an imprisoned death row inmate (Jack O'Connell) and a mother of two from Houston (Laura Dern) who, though facing staggering odds, fights mightily for his freedom. Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee with a violent streak and a criminal record, is convicted of arson-related triple homicide in 1992. During his 12 years on death row, Elizabeth Gilbert, an improbable ally, uncovers questionable methods and illogical conclusions in his case, and battles with the state to expose suppressed evidence that could save him. Her efforts ultimately fail, and since Willingham’s execution, the disturbing question remains: Did Texas execute an innocent man?

Trivia & Production Notes

  • Adapted from the 2009 article in The New Yorker.

Shooting Locations

  • Monday, October 2 2017: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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