Jack O'Connell in Trailer for 'Trial by Fire' from Director Edward Zwick

April 5, 2019
Source: YouTube

Trial by Fire Trailer

"There's no arson, there's no crime!" Roadside Attractions has debuted an official trailer for a true story drama titled Trial by Fire, the latest film from acclaimed director Edward Zwick. This premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last year, but not at any other fests. Trial by Fire tells the tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony bolstering his claims of innocence were suppressed. It's an upsetting, moving story being told here by some incredibly talented actors. Jack O'Connell stars as Cameron, who looks a lot like Anton Yelchin in this, and the cast includes Laura Dern as a woman who fights for his freedom, plus Emily Meade, McKinley Belcher III, Chris Coy, Joshua Mikel, Jason Douglas, Jeff Perry, and Jade Pettyjohn. Well, this looks pretty damn good, with O'Connell giving yet another stellar performance.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Edward Zwick's Trial by Fire, direct from YouTube:

Trial by Fire Poster

Trial by Fire tells 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. Trial by Fire is directed by American filmmaker Edward Zwick, director of many great films including Glory, Legends of the Fall, Courage Under Fire, The Siege, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance, Love & Other Drugs, Pawn Sacrifice, and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back previously. The screenplay is written by Geoffrey Fletcher; based on the New Yorker article by David Grann. Roadside will release Zwick's Trial by Fire in select theaters starting May 17th, 2019 just next month. First impression? Who wants to see this?

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It's not a new story, but those two look good in their respective roles ...

shiboleth on Apr 5, 2019


Anything by 'acclaimed' ( director Zwick I avoid like the plague. It's always 'wearing it on your sleeve' obvious nonsense filled with maudlin sentimentality. Plus, movies like this, the do-gooders in the accused favor better be dog gone sure that their guy is innocent. In most cases I see one can never really be sure. I'm more interested in the obvious guilty, like O.J. and Casey Anthony, getting away with murder than siding with someone convicted and you cannot be 100% certain they didn't commit the crime. I still can't wrap my head around the corruption and manipulation by fancy defense lawyers out for ego aggrandizement that get the likes of O.J. and Casey Anthony off for murders I had no trouble at all knowing they were guilty. I know nothing of this case that Zwick has taken up the mantle for, but let's hope Zwick and the other's wearing their self righteousness on their sleeves are right. I won't attempt to discover that by watching a movie by Zwick, but I might google and do some research on this guy to see what conclusions I come to on my own.

thespiritbo on Apr 5, 2019


From time to time, it's good to read off the background of story and of things you're more familiar with over there in US and to find it out more than usual. Cool stuff from you, Bo ...

shiboleth on Apr 6, 2019


Thank you, Sir! Cheers!

thespiritbo on Apr 6, 2019


I didn't get the impression this movie is about "innocent man being sentenced as guilty", but more about making sure ALL evidence is considered and not suppressed just to hang a scapegoat in a capital punishment state. I don't know this story, but it seems like an important story to be told, but maybe not with this heavy "maudlin sentimentality" context? Because it can diminish the main point/"moral of the story". So not disagreeing per se, but just adding additional perspective.

THE_RAW_ on Apr 8, 2019


Rebuttal: "Trial by Fire" - The Guilt Of Todd Willingham In the Willingham triple murder/arson case, a review of the The Texas Forensic Science Commission report finds that that all fire forensic markers for arson, save one, may have been accurate, as determined by the original fire investigators (3)." "None of the many conclusions for arson, with the exception of crazed glass, could be excluded from the assessments of the original Texas fire experts, the only investigators who examined the physical evidence (3)." "The later assessments, critical of the original investigation, had no access to any of the physical evidence from the fire, overlooked critical eyewitness testimony, as well as additional fact details, and could not exclude arson (3)." "Combining the forensic fire evidence with eyewitness testimony, inclusive of that by Todd Willingham, the case for arson is solid (3)." The Innocence Project and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s office, together, reviewed over 1,000 Texas arson cases in which someone was held criminally responsible (1). The findings, through 3/2019: 1 case out of that 1000 has resulted in an exoneration based upon flawed forensics (2). 0.1%. Keep that in mind. We, now, know, that Willingham wasn't stopping to save the twins. Why not save Amber? His intention was to murder her and them, not save anyone. That's the only credible explanation, confirmed by the statements of eyewitnesses, including Todd. After Willingham left the house, he had plenty of time and plenty of doors and windows, for reentry, away from the fire, to save Amber. He had no intention of doing so. How do we know? Because he had every opportunity to do so and didn't and he told us so.

Dudley Sharp on May 7, 2019



THE_RAW_ on May 8, 2019


Rebuttal: "Trial by Fire: Did Texas execute an innocent man?" at prodpinnc

Dudley Sharp on May 8, 2019


Although hit and miss, I do enjoy Zwick's work.

DAVIDPD on Apr 8, 2019


Man, Laura Dern just will not age like the rest of us! I'm in the wrong business 🙂

Whichhalfofthewit on Apr 9, 2019

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