Devil’s Knot is from Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Oscar winners Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time.


Release dates:  (USA)
Official site: n.a.
Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson
Genre: Biography, Crime Drama
Film Locations: Cartersville, GA (court house scene), Atlanta, GA, Morrow, GA
Plot Summary:

Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, Devil’s Knot recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols (James Hamrick), Jessie Misskelley, Jr. (Kristopher Higgins), and Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether) for the savage murder of three, eight-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 torn apart… and that will probably never be the same again.

  • Reese Witherspoon … Pam Hobbs
  • Colin Firth … Ron Lax
  • Dane DeHaan
  • Kevin Durand … John Mark Byers
  • Bruce Greenwood … Judge David Burnett
  • Elias Koteas … Jerry Driver
  • Stephen Moyer … John Fogelman
  • Mireille Enos … Vicki Hutcherson
  • Alessandro Nivola … Terry Hobbs
  • Amy Ryan … Margaret Lax
  • Collette Wolfe … Glori Shettles
  • Judd Lormand … WMPD Desk Officer
  • Gary Grubbs … Dale Griffis
  • Martin Henderson … Brent Davis
  • Kristoffer Polaha … Val Price
  • Matt Letscher … Paul Ford
  • Rex Linn … Inspector Gary Gitchell
  • Amber Chaney … Older Bojangles Employee
  • Jonathan Spencer … Examiner
  • Michael Gladis … Dan Stidham
  • Brian Howe … Detective McDonough
  • Robert Baker … Det. Bryn Ridge
  • Gary Weeks … TV Reporter
  • Anessa Ramsey … Rosie
  • Wilbur Fitzgerald … Tom
  • Mike Pniewski … Landlord
  • Katie Kneeland … Ron Lax’s Secretary
  • Kristopher Higgins … Jessie Misskelley, Jr.
  • Seth Meriwether … Jason Baldwin
  • Jet Jurgensmeyer … Stevie Branch
  • Lori Beth Edgeman … Annie
  • James Hamrick … Damien Echols
  • Ted Huckabee … Steve Jones
  • Ron Clinton Smith … Desk Officer
  • Charles Casey … News Cameraman
  • Kerry Cahill … Jo Lynn
  • Corey James Wright … Robert Richman
Producer: Armen Aghaeian, co-producer, David Alper, executive producer, Jason Baldwin, executive producer, Holly Ballard, executive producer
Original Music: n.a.
Cinematography: Paul Sarossy (director of photography)
Editor: Susan Shipton
Casting: Deborah Aquila
Production Design: Phillip Barker
Art Direction: n.a.
Set Decoration: n.a.
Visual Effects n.a.

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Courthouse in Cartersville, GA
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  1. For those interested in the West Memphis Three case I advise you to read Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt about the case and Life after Death by Damien Echols about his childhood and the 18 years he spent on death row. Echols is co-producer of the documentary West of Memphis with Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) that will hit theaters all over the USA this month. I am hoping it will find its way to Italy, otherwise I’ll get the DVD online. Also a very interesting watch are the 3 HBO documentaries about the case, with authentic police footage, Paradise Lost.
    I had never heard of the West Memphis Three before Stephen took this role, but I am fascinated by it now.

  2. Hi Shadaliza, I’m currently reading Devil’s Knot on my kindle.. I think theres a way i can send you copys of the 3 doc’s on HBO. I can Burn Then for you… You wouldnt belive the BS these kids went through, I can’t believe they have closed the case, I feel horrible for the childrens mothers and relatives, who have no idea who did it and what happend to those kids when you see them is horrific! I’m sure whomever did it will get there day!

    1. @MrsMoyer I have the Paradise Lost films. I am also reading Devil’s Knot now, after reading Damien’s book. I follow him on Twitter, he says some pretty interesting and inspiring stuff there @damienechols. The Moore family still believes that Damien, Jason and Jessie are guilty. I do hope that the real killer(s) will get what they deserve. So many lives destroyed.

  3. I am also reading Devil’s Knot, and have seen all the paradise lost films. I’m so happy those boys got out, But I’m so mad that they wasted all this time and havent found the killer for these poor lil boy’s! I just started watching Rectify on the Sundance channel, You guys should check that out.. It’s about a guy who has been locked up on death row for 20 years and gets out on a dna tech.. Kinda the same eh? And him adjusting to the life that passed him by… childhood gone.. Taken.. Can’t wait to se the movie Devil’s Knot! People need to see this Story!

  4. Just watched “Devil’s Knot” and I was very moved by the film. I still need to see the documentaries and have the book on my ‘to read list’ and as everyone else am dismayed the true killer(s) are at large.
    One of the most powerful scenes was when the classmates of little Stevie came and hugged his mother in school to comfort her; have a box of Kleenex handy.
    Stephen’s scenes were very well acted when the focus was is the courtroom, just love his Southern accent.

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