'Clemency': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the award-winning film

'Clemency' won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is set to release in theaters soon.


                            'Clemency': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the award-winning film

At a time like today, when reality TV star Kim Kardashian campaigned for the clemency of Alice Marie Johnson, the US penal and legal system have come under further scrutiny. With the death penalty debate still raging statewide, an upcoming movie will look at the issue from within the walls of a penitentiary.

'Clemency' won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is set to release in theaters soon.

Release date

'Clemency' is scheduled to release in theaters on December 27th.

Plot

Bernadine Williams, a Death Row prison warden whose job has taken a psychological toll on her, must confront her demons when she has to execute another inmate. The inmate is Anthony Woods, who claims he is on death row for a murder he didn’t commit. Marty Lumetta, Woods' defense attorney is desperately trying to save his client’s life, filing appeal after appeal as the literal deadline for Woods’s execution nears. 'Clemency' was shot in a real penitentiary that is no longer in use.

Cast

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard attends the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple Of Hope Awards on December 12, 2018, in New York City (Getty Images)

Alfre Woodard is an actress, producer, and political activist known for her roles in 'Passion Fish' and '12 Years a Slave'. She plays Warden Bernadine Williams. Woodard received critical acclaim for her performance and is considered a contender for the 2020 Academy Award for Best Actress.

Aldis Hodge

Aldis Hodge attends the "Clemency" Premiere at AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 17, 2019, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

Aldis Hodge is an actor best known for his roles in 'Straight Outta Compton', 'Hidden Figures' and most recently 'City on a Hill'. In this movie, he plays the role of the inmate, Anthony Woods.

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff attends the "Safe Spaces" screening during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at Village East Cinema on April 29, 2019, in New York City (Getty Images)

Richard Schiff is an actor and comedian known for his roles in 'The West Wing' and 'The Good Place'. He plays the role of Marty Lumetta, Woods' defense attorney.

Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce attends the "Clemency" UK Premiere during the 63rd BFI London Film Festival at the Vue West End on October 02, 2019 in London, England (Getty Images)

Wendell Pierce is an actor known for his roles in 'The Wire' and 'Jack Ryan'. He plays the role of Bernadine's husband, Jonathan Williams.

The movie also stars Danielle Brooks as Evette, LaMonica Garrett (The Flash fame) as Logan Cartwright, and Michael O'Neill as Chaplain Kendricks.

Director

Chinonye Chukwu

Chinonye Chukwu speaks onstage during the 2019 Princess Grace Awards Gala on November 25, 2019, in New York City (Getty Images)

Chinonye Chukwu is a Nigerian-born, Alaskan-raised screenwriter, producer, and director. She wrote and directed 'Clemency'. Chukwu’s inspiration for the film came in September 2011 when an African-American man, Troy Davis, was executed in a Georgia prison. 

Trailer



 

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, she must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

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