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In one of the finest and final performances of his distinguished career, Henry Fonda portrays Clarence Gideon, the destitute prisoner whose handwritten plea for justice changed the course of American legal history. Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Anthony Lewis, Gideons Trumpet tells the remarkable human story behind the landmark "right to counsel" Supreme Court case.
Nominated for three Emmys® and winner of the prestigious Peabody Award, this powerful Hallmark Hall of Fame drama also features Oscar®- and Tony®-winner José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Caine Mutiny) as Abe Fortas, Oscar®-winner John Houseman (The Paper Chase, Rollerball) as Chief Justice Earl Warren, and Fay Wray (King Kong) in her final screen performance.
"Ranks with the best films of the early 1980s" -- All Movie Guide.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE insert with production notes by Anthony Lewis and cast filmographies.
One of Henry Fonda's best performances.
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Have you ever wanted justice so badly, that you're willing to go to court twice over the same, issue (Double Jeopardy)? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nina
I taught US Government and Civics for many years to high school seniors. I used this book and this movie to demonstrate trial rights of the accused. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dave Berg
A terrific look at the American system of jurisprudence from bottom to top with a wonderfully understated performance by Henry Fonda and fine supporting roles played by John... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael W. Wilson
As a Political Science Major at my Local University, this film is worth watching to understand how legal system can work for a person who believes and trusts in the United States... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Linda Miranda
I teach two law courses in high school and community college: one is an introduction to criminal law, and the other an introduction to civil law. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kenneth P. Walker
I teach a class at a University in Florida...not far from where Gideon was arrested. I use this film to illustrate the judicial process and the power of one man.Published 17 months ago by Susan W. Harrell
Great video to use in school for teaching the 6th amendment and why it matters. I use it with 8th graders for US History 1.Published 18 months ago by Phelan
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The decision in Gideon v. Wainwright was at its root about insuring that all citizens could avail themselves of the protections granted by the Sixth amendment to the US Constitution. The Sixth Amendment and the other elements of the Bill of Rights were all part of the US constitution by 1891, a... Read More
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