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Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1981)

A docu-drama covering one of the most famous murder cases in New Zealand history. Did Arthur Thomas kill Jeannette and Harvey Crewe at their Pukekawa farm house? Arthur was sure that ... See full summary »

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Insp. Bruce Hutton
John Hargreaves ...
Arthur Allan Thomas
Tony Barry ...
Det. John Hughes
Martyn Sanderson ...
Len Demler
Grant Tilly ...
David Morris
Diana Rowan ...
Vivien Thomas
Ian Watkin ...
Kevin Ryan
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Paul Temin
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Constable Wyllie
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Detective Murray Jeffries
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Detectivez Sam Keith
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Pat Vesey
Peter Hayden ...
Graham Hewson
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Bruce Roddick
Robert Shannon ...
Mickey Eyre
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A docu-drama covering one of the most famous murder cases in New Zealand history. Did Arthur Thomas kill Jeannette and Harvey Crewe at their Pukekawa farm house? Arthur was sure that trusting the police and co-operating fully would prove his innocence. The police held a very different view of this simple farmer. Written by Evan Yates

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A bloodstained house, two bodies in the river, and the wrong man in jail! See more »

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8 October 1983 (Australia)  »

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Al di là di ogni dubbio  »

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In the 1980s, the film was not available through CBS/FOX Video in New Zealand. See more »

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Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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a classic did he - or did he not crime drama
20 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

The case this movie was based on divided whole families in New Zealand in the 70's. Arther Allan Thomas was convicted on the dodgiest of evidence for the murder of a couple in a farmhouse not far from his, in the rural New Zealand district of Pongekawa. The police, under pressure to make an arrest in this crime, chose Thomas, and then built a case to support it. Years of controversy followed, including a royal commission. I wont tell you what happens at the end because that would spoil it but suffice to say its a dramatic look at small-town policing mixed with heavy-handed politics and definitely worth viewing, if for no more than the performances of Tony Barry (Goodbye Pork Pie) and Bruno Lawrence (just about every NZ movie ever made).


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