The story of Clarence Earl Gideon and his fight for the right to have publicly funded legal counsel for the needy.

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Clarence Earl Gideon
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Chief Justice / Offscreen Narrator
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Edna Curtis
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1st Supreme Court Justice
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Sixth Supreme Court Justice
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Jacob
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5th Supreme Court Justice
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Fred Turner
Richard McKenzie ...
Judge Robert McCrary
Dolph Sweet ...
Charlie
Ford Rainey ...
2nd Supreme Court Justice
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Abe Krash
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Harris
Les Lannom ...
Bobby Earle
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True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants. Written by Steve Walker <swalker@ionet.net>

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30 April 1980 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Gideon's Trumpet (#29.3)  »

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Fay Wray's final screen appearance. See more »

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In the filmography for Dean Jagger in the extras on the DVD, the picture of one of the other actors playing Supreme Court Justices has been substituted for his. See more »

Quotes

James Fitzpatrick: [referring to Jacob, who is about to argue before the Supreme Court for the very first time] Don't go feeling sorry for the poor son-of-a-bitch until we've won.
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An eye opener
17 November 2001 | by (Richmond, VA) – See all my reviews

Just saw this this morning. It was well done, but I think dumbed down for general consumption. It was painful to hear so many distinguished jurists referring to attorneys or counsel as 'lawyers', as if the public wouldn't know to what they were referring. At least in the high court, they did use the proper nomenclature. Fonda did a good job of playing Gideon, although I believe the actual man was only about 50 at the time. He also made him out to be at the same time sympathetic and the unpleasant indignant multiple felon he likely was in reality.


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