Brother's Keeper

Brother's Keeper

DVD - 2003 | 10th anniversary ed.
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"Brother's Keeper tells the story of the "Ward Boys," four eccentric brothers who shared the same dilapidated two-room shack for over 60 years. Living in isolation, without heat or running water, these elderly bachelors had virtually no contact with the outside world--until one was found dead in the bed he shared with his brother. By day's end, Delbert Ward "confessed" to suffocating his ailing brother as an act of mercy, but Munnsville believed Delbert had been framed. Was Delbert, an uneducated hermit with a low IQ, an innocent victim of police abuse? Was it a mercy killing--or was there another motive?"
Publisher: [New York] : Docurama, c2003.
Edition: 10th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780767055383
0767055381
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: "Brother's Keeper tells the story of the "Ward Boys," four eccentric brothers who shared the same dilapidated two-room shack for over 60 years. Living in isolation, without heat or running water, these elderly bachelors had virtually no contact with the outside world--until one was found dead in the bed he shared with his brother. By day's end, Delbert Ward "confessed" to suffocating his ailing brother as an act of mercy, but Munnsville believed Delbert had been framed. Was Delbert, an uneducated hermit with a low IQ, an innocent victim of police abuse? Was it a mercy killing--or was there another motive?"

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breemu
May 03, 2018

The deleted scenes and short film in the "extras" are also worth the watch.

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davibi02
Aug 23, 2017

A riveting slice-of-life that is so far removed from my experience I was left speechless. The image of the anxious brother sneaking away from an interview to squirm into a crack in the barn (losing his hat and catching his shirt in the process) has been with me for years. Highly recommended if you enjoy delving into the often bizarre way other humans experience life.

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COURIER3
Sep 27, 2015

I watched 30 minutes of a grainy picture. Living conditions horrible with clutter. Too depressing to continue.

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JackPurcell
May 19, 2015

I'm usually not a big fan of documentaries, but I'm glad I watched this one. The guys with the badges rarely get it shoved down their throats sideways. They didn't on this one, either, but at least their target escaped prison.

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pigweed
Apr 07, 2014

I enjoyed this very much. It's frightening that sometimes some members of the legal/justice system let their imaginations affect their judgement. Interesting people. Beautiful farm land that I hope isn't growing houses now.

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