GenreCrime, Documentary Music directorHelene Blazy CountryFrance
DirectorJean-Xavier de Lestrade Release dateSeptember 14, 2001 (2001-09-14) (United States)
February 26, 2003 (2003-02-26) (France) AwardsAcademy Award for Best Documentary Feature Similar moviesThe Judge and the General (2008)
Murder on a Sunday Morning (French: Un coupable idéal) is a documentary film directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. Its subject is the Brenton Butler case, a criminal case in which a fifteen-year-old boy was wrongfully accused of murder. The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 74th Academy Awards in 2001.
Brenton Butler was arrested and tried for the 2000 murder of a tourist in Jacksonville, Florida. The prosecution's case relied heavily upon a positive identification made by the victim's husband, and on Butler's confession, which the teen claimed was coerced. The film follows Butler's defense team building their case for his innocence.