Wednesday, March 07, 2018

James Garbarino's "Miller’s Children," the movie

Featured at My Book, The Movie: Miller's Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us by James Garbarino.

The entry begins:
Were there to be a movie made of Miller’s Children, I would want the Director to be Martin Scorsese because he is expert at wrestling with the dark and the light of important human issues. I would want Liam Neeson to play my role, because he is not “flashy,” but rather “deep.” Here is the pitch:

The movie opens to a courtroom in 1998. A judge asks the defendant—a 17 year old boy named Mark who murdered “the girl next door” to rise, and then pronounces sentence: “The law in your case requires a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.” Teenage Mark is led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Flash forward to 2018, in an interview room of a prison. Now 48, Mark sits across the table from Liam Neeson, the psychologist who has been asked to help the Court engage in a re-sentencing hearing as the result of a U S Supreme Court ruling that declared mandatory life without possibility of parole for teenagers who commit murder to be...[read on]
Learn more about Miller's Children at the University of California Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Listening to Killers.

My Book, The Movie: Miller's Children.

--Marshal Zeringue