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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
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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