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Nicole Beharie, Tim Blake Nelson, Will Patton, and Xzibit headline this fact-based drama about an innocent Texas mother caught up in a high-profile drug raid, and unjustly accused due to the uncorroborated testimony of a single informant. Dee Roberts (Beharie) is a young single mother of four living in a small Texas town. Arrested during a drug raid and accused of a crime she didn't commit, Dee goes against the wishes of her mother, Alma (Alfre Woodard), and rejects the plea-bargain that would free her from jail, but brand her as a felon for life. As word begins to spread that similar incidents are occurring in poor communities all across the country, Dee realizes that there are more mothers out there like her, and decides to take a stand against powerful district attorney Calvin Beckett (Michael O'Keefe). Now, despite being well aware of District Attorney Beckett's fierce reputation, Dee enlists the aid of ACLU attorney David Cohen (Nelson) and former narcotics officer Sam Conroy (Patton) in overcoming the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that, if not navigated with the greatest of caution, now threaten to destroy her life. With the custody of her children on the line, one brave mother wages a valiant battle to strike at the very heart of the corrupt Texas justice system. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:April 17, 2009


Nicole Beharie
as Dee Roberts
Tim Blake Nelson
as David Cohen
Will Patton
as Sam Conroy
Michael O'Keefe
as Calvin Beckett
as Darrell Hughes
Charles S. Dutton
as Reverend Sanders
Alfre Woodard
as Alma Roberts
Malcolm Barrett
as Byron Hill
Tim Ware
as Mark Shelby
David Warshofsky
as Robert Foster
Lucinda Jenney
as Leona Conroy
Karimah Westbrook
as Claudia Johnson
Paul Guilfoyle
as Judge Belmont
Pamela Tyson
as Gladys Williams


Bill Haney
Bill Haney
Steve Yedlin
Teddy Castellucci
Composer (Music Score)
Terilyn A. Shropshire
Curtiss Clayton
Nancy Richardson
Monroe Kelly
Production Designer
Miriam Marcus
Associate Producer
Debra Longo
Associate Producer
Peter Newman
Executive Producer
Leonard Spears
Set Decorator
Caroline Eselin-Schaeffer
Costume Designer
Jay Nierenberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Shopmaker
Sean Reilly
Co-Executive Producer
Tom R. Camp
Co-Executive Producer
Jennifer Eplett
Co-Executive Producer
Mark Donadio
Line Producer
Sam Epstein
Second Assistant Director