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      Shepherds and Butchers

      R 2016 1h 46m Drama List
      64% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 51% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A lawyer (Steve Coogan) takes on the murder case of a prison guard traumatized by the executions he took part in. Read More Read Less

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      Bruce DeMara Toronto Star The performances are solid, including Coogan and especially Garion Dowds as the laconic and mournful defendant. Director Oliver Schmitz gives the film a measured pace, stoking tension as the courtroom drama unfolds. Rated: 3/4 Feb 2, 2017 Full Review Jordan Mintzer Hollywood Reporter The film mostly preaches to the converted, even if it reveals with historical gravity how capital punishment was another way that apartheid severely discriminated against South Africa's black population. Feb 14, 2016 Full Review Henry Barnes Guardian Shepherds and Butchers doesn't know which it is: the twisty legal drama that's going to herd us through the issue or the ferocious expose, laying out the quotidian grimness of systemic death. Rated: 2/5 Feb 14, 2016 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation I found the picture moving in spite of its seeming unwillingness to wholly grapple with race and Coogan's unwillingness to master the Afrikaner accent. Rated: 2.5/4 Feb 22, 2021 Full Review Anne Brodie What She Said Coogan, known as a comic actor, does solid dramatic work and Garion Dowds' accused is living in a palpable living hell. He knows no one can be a shepherd and a butcher and stay sane. Aug 24, 2018 Full Review Yago García Cinemanía (Spain) Oliver Schmitz's film... does not clarify what he wants to be. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 2.5/5 Nov 16, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Julie H It was brutal! I had to close my eyes at times as I know that once you see something you can't un-see it. Some of the images are etched in my mind now. It was powerful but disturbing. The acting was great. Do you need to put yourself through it? I'm not sure. This movie will haunt me for some time, I am sure. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Solid and powerful movie. It really shows how mental health must be addressed before an incident arises and not afterwards. Intense, thought provoking and intense. This movie is a must watch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member An almost monotone narrative against such a macabre story, could be seen as lacklustre. I'm not sure With a little more energy behind the direction, it'd have a lot more emotion, though I also think the nature of the story lends itself well to a sombre tone, which Coogan delivers really well Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review flixster f Couldn't exploit the facts well enough. A courtroom drama needs to be engaging and this one wasn't. Given the circumstances, the case didn't make sense. Or was it open to interpretation?! Anyways, watching it once shouldn't hurt. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member An almost unknown film about how a 17 year old put on death row duty in South Africa just be the fall of apartheid was eaten away by what he saw and did. PLayed against stereotypes by making the victim a white guy who have been executing black guys makes tricky to get a handle on, but the unrelenting focus wins through and a good film emerges. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Great film. Great story, great script and great acting. Very emotional and thought provoking. Nice to see a film with actual substance for a change. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A lawyer (Steve Coogan) takes on the murder case of a prison guard traumatized by the executions he took part in.
      Oliver Schmitz
      Brian Cox, Anant Singh
      Brian Cox
      Production Co
      Distant Horizon, Videovision Entertainment
      R (Violent and Disturbing Content)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 24, 2017
      1h 46m