Trial by Fire

Coming to Cinemas  2019

Laura Dern and Jack O'Connell ('71) star in this true story drama about a Texas man who was executed after forensic evidence and expert testimony were suppressed.

Convicted for the alleged 1991 murder of his three young children and arson at his family home, John Todd Willingham was eventually executed by lethal injection in 2004. Following his death, his case has received significant media attention surrounding misinterpretation of evidence and the alleged corrupt handling of the case by the prosecution.


Directed by

  • Edward Zwick('The Last Samurai', 'Legends of the Fall', 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back')

Written by

Drama, True Story & Biography



Hollywood Reporter


Without flair or fresh insights into its chosen subject, this just seems like spinning more wheels about on oft-discussed subject.



What Zwick lacks in artistry, he makes up for in anger, and Trial by Fire burns with a righteous fury that spreads right off the screen.