Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story 20 years old

Based on the true story of Clarence Brandley, a black man wrongly accused in 1980 of the murder of a 16-year-old white high school girl named Cheryl Ferguson. Brandley worked at Conroe High School, where Ferguson was visiting as a member of the Belleville High School volleyball team. Three days after her body was discovered, Brandley was arrested as the murderer. Jew Don Boney, a popular activist and Houston city council member, leads the fight to uncover the truth about the Ferguson murder. Mike DeGeurin, a Texas attorney, is brought in to act as the head defense attorney for Brandley, and is joined by a former minister, Jim McCloskey. The lawyers discover that not only is there a complete lack of evidence against Brandley, but the District Attorney, James Keeshan, has been strategizing with the presiding judge. After nine years in prison, three trials and a stay of execution that saved Brandley's life, justice finally prevails as Brandley is granted his freedom.


Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story Cast

Name Character
Gil Bellows He was 34, now 55 years old as Mike De Guerin
Eamonn Walker He was 39, now 60 years old as Jew Don Boney
Courtney B. Vance He was 42, now 63 years old as Clarence Brandley
Richard Eden He was 46, 380 years old when he died as Peter Speers
Chuck Shamata He was 60, now 81 years old as Don Brown
Phillip Jarrett as Rev. Jerry Jones
Joseph Ziegler He was 100, 86 years old when he died as James Keeshan

Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story Crew

Name Department
Stephanie Gorin as Casting. Production
April Webster as Casting. Production
David Bloch as Casting. Production
Jean Lépine as Director of Photography. He was 125 (90) years old when He died Camera
Abby Mann as Writer. He was 74 (80) years old when He died Writing
Tony Bill as Director. He was 61 (now 82) years old Directing
Van Dyke Parks as Music. He was 59 (now 80) years old Sound
Axel Hubert as Editor. Editing
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (20 years)

  • Release day: Sunday, April 21, 2002
  • Runtime: 108 minutes