Murder. With all the picturesque glamour of the 1940s, The Pardon recounts the unlikely true story of Toni Jo Henry (Jaime King), a woman tried three times and executed in Louisiana, 1942. Surviving a legacy of childhood abuse, which lands her in the art deco brothels of the time, Toni Jo briefly discovers love and happiness when she marries the dashing boxer Cowboy Henry (Jason Lewis). Cowboy is soon after sent to prison, leaving the bereft Toni Jo to embark on an ill-fated mission with Cowboy's sometime partner Arkie (John Hawkes). A grisly murder and a series of sensational trials where she pleads her innocence instantly makes the beautiful Toni Jo into a celebrity. Facing conviction after conviction, will she find true redemption in the face of the crimes for which she is accused?
"COMPELLING TRUE...LIFE CRIME... A FORMIDABLE CAST… OSCAR NOMINEE JOHN HAWKES IS RIVETING"
- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"JAIME KING LIGHTS UP THE SCREEN AS AN EMPATHETIC FEMME FATALE IN A COMPELLING COSTUME DRAMA PAINSTAKINGLY RECREATING EVENTS SURROUNDING A REAL-LIFE MURDER TRIAL UNFOLDING IN LOUISIANA BACK IN 1940."
- KAM WILLIAMS, BARET NEWS SYNDICATE
"A VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING, TRUE CRIME DRAMA THAT EXAMINES THE MUDDY-GREY AREAS, WHERE VICTIMS, JUSTICE AND LOVE, RESIDE."
- AMY R HANDLER, FILM INTERNATIONAL
Directed By: Tom Anton
Written By: Tom Anton, Sandi Russell
Produced By: Tom Anton, Blair Daily, Jacqueline George, Sandi Russell
Jaime King (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, “Heart of Dixie”, Pearl Harbor, Sin City), John Hawkes (Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe nominee, Two-time Independent Spirit Award Winner; Winter's Bone, The Sessions, Lincoln), T.J. Thyne (Bones, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Jason Lewis (Mr. Brooks, Sex and the City)