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Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
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Critics Consensus: Clemency mines serious social issues for gripping drama, brought to life by an outstanding cast led by Alfre Woodard.
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Common Sense Says
Powerful, intense, mature drama about the death penalty.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Clemency is a drama about a warden (Alfre Woodard) who oversees a death row prison. It's an austere, unflinching, intense, and powerful film, with unforgettable work by Woodard. It's also very difficult to watch. In one horrifying sequence, a prisoner's execution goes wrong, and he dies in agony, with blood pooling up out of a chest wound. Another prisoner tries to kill himself by repeatedly banging his head against the wall; a blood smear is shown. Angry protestors shout frequently, and characters argue. A married couple initiates sex in two scenes but end up stopping. There's kissing, fondling of a woman's breasts over her clothing, suggestive talk, and off-screen moaning sounds. Language is infrequent but includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. The main character drinks frequently in bars. She gets staggering drunk in one scene and attempts to drive home but is stopped.
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- Release Date:December 27, 2019
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