Movie spotlight: 'Crime After Crime'

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 28, 2011 - 3:34 PM

A true-life legal drama.

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"Crime After Crime"

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Debbie Peagler was just 15 when she met Oliver Wilson in the late 1970s. He became her boyfriend, then her abuser, then made her enter prostitution under fear for her safety. She sought protection from a couple of toughs who agreed to rough him up, and Wilson was later found dead. Peagler was charged with murder, coerced into a guilty plea and imprisoned for more than 20 years when a change in California's penal code offered her the possibility of a judicial review. "Crime After Crime" tracks the real-life legal drama of the activist lawyers who pursued her cause, the private investigator who uncovered prosecutorial misconduct, and Peagler's long journey to freedom. It's an emotionally engaging reminder that idealism can triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

  • Crime After Crime

    Rating: ★★★, Unrated by the MPAA; mature themes

    Where: St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE. Main St., Mpls

    Tickets: $6-$8.50. 612-331-7563 or mspfilmsociety.org

    RottenTomatoes.com: read reviews

    Showtimes: view listings

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