Murder on a Sunday Morning

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Murder on a Sunday Morning
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Directed byJean-Xavier de Lestrade
Produced byDenis Poncet
Music byHélène Blazy
CinematographyIsabelle Razavet
Edited byPascal Vernier
Ragnar Van Leyden
Distributed byDirect Cinema (video)
Release date
  • September 14, 2001 (2001-09-14) (United States)
  • February 26, 2003 (2003-02-26) (France)
Running time
111 minutes
United States

Murder on a Sunday Morning (French: Un coupable idéal) is a French-American documentary film directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. Its subject is the Brenton Butler case, a criminal case in which a fifteen-year-old boy was wrongfully accused of murder. The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 74th Academy Awards in 2001.[1]

Brenton Butler was arrested and tried for the 2000 murder of a tourist in Jacksonville, Florida. The prosecution's case relied heavily upon a positive eyewitness identification made by the victim's husband, and on Butler's confession, which the teen testified was the result of physical coercion by police. The film follows Butler's defense team building their case for his innocence.


  1. ^ "Murder on a Sunday Morning". The New York Times: Movies. Retrieved 2008-11-23.

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