When a wealthy California family’s son is kidnapped it ignites a firestorm of suspicion and rage in idyllic 1933 San Jose, California. As the local sheriff rounds up some suspects on flimsy evidence a young, hard-nosed and principled reporter investigates the town’s actions and takes on the powers that-be to prevent the lynching of two innocent men. Based on the true story of the last lynch mob in California comes this riveting suspenseful film starring Pete Postlethwaite, Diana Scarwid and Gabriel Mann.
Politics is murder…
Runtime: 97 min.
Format: 1:78 (Hi-Def), 35mm
Sound Dolby: 5.1
“Like the Ox Bow Incident and (Fritz Lang’s) Fury, a strong, unforgettable look at mob rule…powerful, great period detail. A fascinating…story of money, murder, muckraking, and mobs.”
Jan Wahl – CBS
“A heartbreaking and disturbing period piece about power, corruption, and media manipulation. Tautly directed and beautifully shot… Riveting performances by three of the finest character actors in the business: Pete Postlethwaite, Bruce McGill, and Tom Bower.”
Michael Snyder – Sirius Radio
“Reminiscent of a Raymond Chandler novel. The cinematography is crisp and excellently detailed…taut and well-paced. All film noir conventions are carefully put in place.”
Albert Goodwyn – SF Bay Times
“Based on a true story Valley of the Heart’s Delight is a period film noir with a mix of local and Hollywood talent… I came away most impressed…unbelievably timely in today’s society.”
Jesse Hamlin – SF Chronicle
“…the master lighting and cinematography bring the film to a higher level…” E!
“Director Boxell gives an excellent impression of the brutality of the mob in the dark. Postlethwaite shines but Tom Bower is the clear stand out…”
Richard Van Busack – San Jose Metro
“It’s an important reminder…” Katherine Ramsland – Court TV