The Central Park Five

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Central Park Five
Chronicles America's complicated perceptions of race and crime through the story of the "Central Park 5" -- a group of minority teenagers wrongfully convicted and jailed for brutally raping a white woman in New York.

Published: [Arlington, Va.] : PBS : Distributed by PBS Distribution, c2013.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 1608838544
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.1523 CEN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Apr 28, 2014
  • duane767 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you remember this incident at all, this is well worth the watch. If you're unfamiliar with this incident, this documentary is as much about American race relations, New York, and the 1980s as anything else.

Jul 02, 2013
  • Glencoe_Mike rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mostly well-done and interesting and certainly better paced than most Ken Burns documentaries.

Jun 08, 2013
  • PrimaGigi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Looking at the city now and how "safe" it has become versus what it was from the primordial soup that was economic tension (which there still is in this city, but it's blatantly hidden into and bundled together as gentrification) makes you shudder at how underhanded the system of justice in New York still is. I saw the startling correlations between the Central Park Five and that of Stop and Frisk.

Jun 02, 2013
  • wxgirl55 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I forced myself to watch this entire documentary, because initially it made me feel so uncomfortable I wanted to turn it off. But I somehow felt that by turning away from the ugly truth meant that I was condoning it... so I watched.

This is a very powerful film. For a complicated story with so many threads, they've done a remarkable job of pulling them all together and laying out this unjust and ugly societal tapestry that started that night in April 1989.

I do agree with an earlier reviewer who suggested the film be shortened a bit, but this documentary serves it's purpose exceedingly well in uncovering what really happened to The Central Park Five.

Apr 27, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a well done documentary which shows the miscarrigaes of justice for so many people. However, it could have been a bit shorter by condensing the beginning when it became a bit repeatitive, rather then informative, when showing the integrogations of the suspects.


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Jun 08, 2013
  • PrimaGigi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 27, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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