DEVIL’S KNOT is a biographical crime-drama thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe), stars Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Kevin Durand, Stephen Moyer, Elias Koteas and Bruce Greenwood. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and received mixed reviews.
Based on the bestseller of the same name by Mara Leveritt, the film recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.
Dubbed the so-called “West Memphis Three,” the defendants, each of them a social outsider, quickly found themselves up against a community crying out for justice as well as a lack of physical evidence that led police to believe the murders were carried out as part of a satanic occult ritual. Firth stars as Ron Lax in the film, a local private investigator and one of the first people to support the teens in their defense. Witherspoon plays Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murdered boys. Together, they allow an uncompromising look at both sides of a town that was torn apart… and will probably never be the same again.
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