Shepherds and Butchers

Shepherds and Butchers

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Average of 20 ratings: 3.2 Stars

2016 M Contains graphic violence & content that may disturb.

Based on a remarkable true story.

South Africa, 1987. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial - and the court’s sentence - seems a foregone conclusion.

Hotshot lawyer John Weber reluctantly takes on the seemingly unwinnable case.

A passionate opponent of the death penalty, John discovers that young Leon worked on death row in the nation’s most notorious prison, under traumatic conditions: befriending the inmates over the years while having to assist their eventual execution.

As the court hearings progress, the case offers John the opportunity to put the entire system of legally sanctioned murder on trial. How can one man take such a dual role of friend and executioner, becoming both shepherd and butcher?

Inspired by true events, this is the story that puts death penalty on trial and changes history.

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102 minutes

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2.35:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
English 5.1 Dolby Digital

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4 by Riverspastor

Definitely not a feel good movie, but one that really make you think. Surprisingly, I found myself full of empathy for the young Warder who was pushed over the edge and consequently committed murder... Read more

5 by DanielDane

A very sobering movie, extremely well acted. Definitely not a movie for anyone who does not want to witness the reality of hangings.