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Genre Documentary
Running Time 120 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Nov 23, 2012
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The Central Park Five

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged for brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling it "the crime of the century." But the truth about what really happened didn't become clear until after the five had spent years in prison for a crime they didn't commit. With THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, this story of injustice finally gets the telling it deserves. Based on Sarah Burns' best-selling book and co-directed by her… Show more

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Dec. 14, 2012 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris

Of all the cruelties on display in “The Central Park Five,” one of the cruelest is set in a classroom. The film — a scrupulous, singeing documentary by Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah, and her husband, David McMahon — reconstructs the notorious series of events that occurred in the spring of 1989 after a young investment banker was beaten and raped while running one night in Central Park. The New York Police Department managed to round up a handful of teenage suspects from Harlem — four black and one Puerto Rican; the victim was a white woman — and pin the crime on them.

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