Trial by Fire

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The tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed.


  • Laura Dern
  • Jack O'Connell
  • Jade Pettyjohn
  • Emily Meade
  • Tinsley Price
  • Anniston Price
  • Jeff Perry
  • Chris Coy
  • Elle Graham
  • Jason Douglas

Did You Know?


  • Emily Meade and Chris Coy both star in The Deuce.
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  • During one of Elizabeth's visits to Cameron in prison, he states that his parents would never visit because it was a one way trip from Oklahoma of 1200 miles. That is near double the actual mileage from anywhere in Oklahoma to Huntsville.


    • Hurst: What's Your sign?
    • Elizabeth Gilbert: Excuse Me?
    • Hurst: Under what sign of the zodiac were you born?
    • Elizabeth Gilbert: Aries
    • Hurst: And your horoscope, do you read it?
    • Elizabeth Gilbert: Sometimes, I guess.
    • Hurst: Sometimes It's right and sometimes its wrong
    • Elizabeth Gilbert: Well, all that stuff is just...
    • Hurst: People have always been fascinated by the stars, they chartered their movements. They could tell when Mercury was retrograde or when Mars was aligned with Venus. They made predictions based on these observations. These people were called Astrologers. They were the experts on the Solar System. Until the science of Astronomy came along and proved their ideas to be nothing but bullpucky. I've studied the report their experts wrote.
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May 21, 2019

The performances are inspired.

Metacritic review by Lorry Kikta
Lorry Kikta
Film Threat
May 14, 2019

What’s most disingenuous about Trial by Fire is that it knowingly simplifies the institutionalized and ingrained biases that foster the very matter it’s trying to address.

Metacritic review by Carlos Aguilar
Carlos Aguilar
May 13, 2019

The filmmaking here is plain, prosaic and earnest. For some, just getting worked up all over again about capital punishment will be enough, but without flair or fresh insights into its chosen subject, this just seems like spinning more wheels about on oft-discussed subject.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter