Initial DVD release
June 18, 2002
January 6, 2002 (2002-01-06)
Harald Kloser, Thomas Wanker
Thirty years ago a tragic event shocked the nation. Now, one son must find the courage to tell the truth and bring his father to justice.
4 Little Girls, Storm Warning (1951 film), A Time to Kill (1996 film)
Sins of the Father is a 2002 American made-for-TV docudrama directed by Robert Dornhelm. The teleplay by John Pielmeier is based on a Texas Monthly article by Pamela Colloff chronicling the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in which four young African American girls were killed while attending Sunday-school. The victims were Addie Mae Collins, 14 yrs old; Denise McNair, 11 yrs old; Carole Robertson, 14 yrs old; and Cynthia Welsley, 14 yrs old. It was believed that there were 5 girls together in the church basement on that fateful day, but only one survived: young Sarah Collins, Addie Mae's younger sister. The bombing was racially motivated and carried out by members of the Ku Klux Klan. The film was first aired on January 6, 2002 at FX.
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Tom Cherry (Tom Sizemore), a middle-aged man, has difficult decitions to make when the police reopens the investigation about events involving the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in which his father, Bobby Frank Cherry (Richard Jenkins), was involved. Now, Tom has to decide whether he protects his father or turn him and let the justice finally be made.
The film was shot in Toronto. The cast includes Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins, Ving Rhames, Colm Feore, Jackie Richardson, Connor Price, Aaryn Doyle, Isys McKoy, Jessica Gray Charles, and Funmiola Lawson.
Andy Webb from "The Movie Scene" gave the film four out five stars and wrote: "What this all boils down to is that "Sins of the Father" is an extremely powerful movie which doesn't hold back when it comes to showing the racism of the 1960s and then building a modern drama around it with a son's conflict. It will be too brutal for some but it is worth it as it will shock and move you whilst also showing a trio of actors playing difficult roles extremely well."
Rhames was nominated for the Black Reel Award for Best Actor and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. Pielmeier's teleplay earned him nominations for the Humanitas Prize and the Writers Guild of America Award. "Sins of the Father" was also nominated for a Artios Awards in the category of "Best Casting for TV Movie of the Week". The film was also nominated for a NAACP Image Awards for "Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special".
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds 71% of audience score.
ReferencesSins of the Father (2002 film) Wikipedia
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