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Director  Jeremiah Zagar
Music director  Zoe Keating
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary
Producer  Lori Cheatle
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Language  English
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart movie poster
Cast  Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Helen Hunt, Matt Dillon, Joyce Maynard
Release date  January 17, 2014 (2014-01-17) (Sundance)
Similar movies  Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

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Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Jeremiah Zagar. The film premiered in competition in the category of U.S. Documentary Competition program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2014.

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The film premiered on August 18, 2014 on HBO.

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Plot

The film tells the story of the 1990 murder of Gregg Smart and the subsequent New Hampshire trial and conviction, with gavel to gavel media coverage, of murderer Pamela Smart.

Reception

The film received mostly positive response from critics. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes it has 63% rating based on 8 reviews, on an average rating of 7.2/10. Dennis Harvey, in his review for Variety, said that "This is all intriguing, and will especially fascinate those who weren’t around and overexposed to the case 20-odd years ago. But Zagar’s thesis — that overpowering media exploitation determined its legal outcome early on — is introduced in the very first shot, then hammered home harder the longer the pic goes on."

Duane Byrge of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, calling it a "[s]mart indictment of the media’s sensationalistic influence on the murder trial of Pamela Smart." Beth Hanna from Indiewire in her review said that "Everything, from the nightly newscasts that feverishly covered Smart’s case to Zagar’s own film, is an edited story."

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Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart Wikipedia
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart IMDb Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart themoviedb.org


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