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Sins of the Father (2002)




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Based on a true story, the made-for-TV Sins of the Father mostly takes place in the year 2000, though the story really begins in 1963, with the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmigham Alabama. Four black schoolgirls were killed in the bombing, which was done at the behest of the local Ku Klux Klan in response to the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. Although many people had a pretty good idea of who was responsible, the investigation was effectively blocked by then-FBI chieftan J. Edgar Hoover. Years later, a kinder and gentler FBI reopens the case, with dedicated federal agent Dalton Strong (Colm Feore) at the helm. Fortunately for Strong, the two main suspects are still living: one of these men, former Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry (Richard Jenkins), has always managed to elude capture because of an airtight alibi provided by his family. But Bobby's grown-up son Tom Cherry (Tom Sizemore) begins to have doubts about that alibi, doubts fueled by his close friend, a local African American house builder named Garrick Jones (Ving Rhames). Ultimately Tom Cherry must wrestle with his conscience, not to mention deep-rooted family loyalties, as he comes to the inescapable conclusion that his beloved father may not only be a liar, but a murderer as well. The fate of the real Bobby Frank Cherry was still pending when Sins of the Father was being filmed in Toronto in 2001. A final court decision concerning Cherry took place a scant six days before the film made its cable-TV premiere over the FX Network on January 6, 2002.


Tom Sizemore
as Tom Cherry
Ving Rhames
as Garrick Jones
Richard Jenkins
as Bobby Frank Cherry
Colm Feore
as Dalton Strong
Lachlan Murdoch
as Young Tom Cherry
Brenda Bazinet
as Virginia Cherry
Connor Price
as Young Bobby Jr.
Jessica Gray Charles
as Denise McNair
Funmilola Lawson
as Cynthia Wesley
Isys McKoy
as Addie Mae Collins
Aaryn Doyle
as Carole Robertson
Mica LeJohn
as Sarah Collines
Kim Roberts
as Mrs. Wesley
Sandi Ross
as Sunday School Teacher
Ardon Bess
as Church Minister
Michael Rhoades
as Tommy Blanton
Bruce McFee
as Robert Chambliss
Tony Munch
as Herman Cash
Simon Reynolds
as Troy Ingram
Tom McBeath
as J. Edgar Hoover
Doug Lennox
as Jack Cash
Chris Collins
as Newsstand Youth
John Friesen
as Bull Connor
Michelyn Emelle
as Mrs. McNair
Bob Desrosiers
as Funeral Minister
Philip Craig
as Prosecutor
Neil Girvan
as Trooper
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Critic Reviews for Sins of the Father

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Perfs are aces all around, with both Sizemore and Jenkins showcasing genuinely pent-up hostility, rage and confusion.

November 6, 2018 | Full Review…

A remarkably nuanced and affecting TV movie.

February 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Tom Sizemore comes front centre with the thought provoking and ultimately powerful "Sins of the Father", a highly charged family drama, co-starring Richard Jenkins and Ving Rhames, in which he's easily the jewel in the crown

June 7, 2002

Difficult to feel much sympathy... for any of the characters.

June 4, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5

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