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12 September 2003 (Ireland) See more »
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Eliminate Crime! See more »
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Marty Rockman, the notorious producer of the hit reality-TV show "So Sue Me", has a brand new concept: "Citizen Verdict"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (From WENN. 21 May 2003)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Armand Assante ... Sam Patterson

Jerry Springer ... Marty Rockman

Roy Scheider ... Bull Tyler

Raffaello Degruttola ... Ricky Carr
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Dube ... Tyler's adviser

Gideon Emery ... Larry Grimes

Adrian Galley ... Dobey
Brett Goldin ... Michael Krauss
Gary Green ... Photographer

Tessa Jubber ... Student

Langley Kirkwood ... Vince Turner
Sarah Martinez ... The daughter
Justine Mitchell ... Jessica Landers

Brendan Pollecutt ... Bob White
Dorette Potgieter ... Carlene Osway

Sheri Schifter ... TV interviewee

Nicole Sherwin ... Didi Rey

Paul Wilson ... Chet Salway (as Paul Burton Wilson)

Deborah Smith Ford ... Citizen (uncredited)

Directed by
Philippe Martinez 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tony Clarke  writer
Kristina Hamilton-Grobler  (as Kristina Hamilton)
Philippe Martinez  writer
Frank Rehwaldt  writer

Produced by
Donald A. Barton .... executive producer
Helmut Breuer .... producer
Luc Campeau .... line producer
Karen Alison Hamilton .... executive producer
Alan Latham .... co-producer
Kim Leggatt .... executive producer
Emerson Machtus .... associate producer
Philippe Martinez .... producer
Stéphanie Martinez .... co-producer
Douglas W. Miller .... producer
Terence S. Potter .... commissioning producer: Aquarius Films (as Terence Potter)
Terence S. Potter .... executive producer (as Terry Potter)
 
Original Music by
Guy Farley 
Christopher Slaski 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Alan Brierley  (as Mike Brierley)
 
Film Editing by
Kristina Hamilton-Grobler  (as Kristina Hamilton)
 
Production Design by
Zack Grobler 
 
Makeup Department
Beverley House .... makeup department head (as Beverly House)
Simone Stubbs .... assistant hair stylist
Simone Stubbs .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kristina Hamilton-Grobler .... post-production supervisor (as Kristina Hamilton)
Jens Müller .... post-production supervisor: Germany
Oscar Verhoeve .... post-production supervisor: Germany
Paul Wilson .... unit production manager: Florida unit (as Paul Burton Wilson)
Kay Schrödelsecker .... post-production supervisor: Germany (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven R. Monroe .... second unit director
Grant Nale .... second assistant director
Gabriel Williams .... first assistant director (as Ronnie Williams)
 
Art Department
Mark Auret .... property master
William Boyes .... stand-by props
Cuan Eveleigh .... assistant stand-by propman
Kevin Fraser .... set painter
Etienne Harris .... scenic painter
Tracy Perkins .... set dresser
Boris Rivett-Carnac .... assistant property master
Liz van den Berg .... scenic painter
 
Sound Department
Martijn Beekers .... dialogue editor
Gerald Cronauer .... assistant sound mixer
Gerald Cronauer .... dialogue editor
Gerald Cronauer .... sound supervising assistant
Hans Dreijer .... sound re-recording mixer
Hans Dreijer .... sound supervisor
Aidan Harper .... sound recordist (segment)
Josh Harris .... sound recordist (second unit)
Dieter Hebben .... foley artist
Marina Lerchs .... assistant sound mixer
Achim Rhinow .... sound designer
Achim Rhinow .... sound editor
Marcel Schleibaum .... foley editor
Marcel Schleibaum .... foley recordist
Alexander Vitt .... sound designer
Alexander Vitt .... sound editor
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Rob Whitehurst .... sound recordist: second unit
 
Visual Effects by
Juergen Jensch .... visual effects production manager: triple-e
Barbara Oeben .... digital effects management
Matthias Schulze-Kirketerp .... digital colorist
 
Stunts
Leander Lacy .... stunt performer (as Leander Lacey)
Antony Stone .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Caddie .... grip
Sarel Pretorius .... steadicam operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Barras .... costume assistant (as Susan Pollard)
Hetta Burger .... costume assistant
Joanne Walter .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Burdette Anderson .... post-production executive
 
Music Department
John Boughtwood .... music supervisor
Christopher Slaski .... conductor
Christopher Slaski .... music arranger
Christopher Slaski .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Ilze Kitshoff .... production driver
Peter Ndifon .... unit transport manager
 
Other crew
Marco Assante .... assistant: Armand Assante
Shawn Boyachek .... location manager
Hans Dreijer .... adr director
Pierre Guevremont .... production auditor
Joline Laarman .... assistant to director
Louise Mycielski .... production coordinator
Hugh Spurling .... studio executive
Jeanne Watson .... extras coordinator
 

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Rated R for language, sexual content and violence
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UK:97 min
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Justice as Mass Entertainment, 9 May 2008
Author: Ch100232003-1 from United States

Citizen Verdict is not a fantastic film but it deserves credit for the profound issues it raises as to the current trend in the evolution of law and justice into Entertainment. This theme was treated with blistering intelligence some 32 or so years ago in a film called NETWORK directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Paddy Chayevsky that warned about the risk of reducing the Fourth Estate to a business scramble for profits and entertainment ratings. NETWORK explored the logical extension of and the dangers inherent in permitting our news outlets to become hijacked by the excessive market impulses of the modern American Corporate Economy. Citizen Verdict is a variation on this same interesting theme applied to our Criminal Justice System. The film shows how the convergence of corporate profits, entertainment, and the law can collide in deeply perverse ways.

Briefly, Citizen Verdict takes a Capital Case and submits it to Television Executives who evaluate the case for its entertainment value, which is to say its ratings worthiness, which is to say its profitability, and submits the case to a Jury composed of a mass television audience. Ironically, Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men is an homage to our Trial By Jury system. In Citizen Verdict, the Jury becomes the Mass Audience, less a jury than a National or International (depending on the size of the voting audience) Plebiscite. In other words, criminal justice really becomes an electoral matter.

The implications of this are enormous. First, television justice has already to some extent made small claims civil justice a matter of entertainment in many of the Court Television programs. There is currently a profusion of high paid celebrity judges who mete out justice for ratings on a daily basis in a kind of fast food, McJustice format designed to entertain while resolving disputes. The problem becomes whether Justice or Entertainment becomes the primary concern and, if entertainment prevails, what that means for a Democracy. Second, it is only a matter of degree and programming restraint which relegates civil law to television while excluding criminal law. Thirdly, the tendency of money to corrupt even the strictest of moral standards makes the risk that potential television profits could outweigh and overshadow any legal, civil, or political judgment relative to life and limb. Fourthly, most of the verdicts on the current crop of television programs are decided solely by the sitting Judge but if the ratings were promising enough, which is to say the profits enormous enough, how would considerations of life and limb compare to the billions in potential profits? What's a little Due Process mean when there are millions to be made in the American Marketplace?

Citizen Verdict is commenting on a societal depravity which puts money, entertainment, and self-indulgence above human dignity & Justice, and extrapolates this malady to Television and the potential Corruption of law and the Criminal Justice system. It may seem like an outrageous plot but truth is often stranger than fiction.

The idea of De-Humanization is not necessarily as far off as we think if for example the Rights of Corporations are increasing in inverse proportion to those of Human Beings. In an era where Constitutional Liberty is sacrificed on the altar of national security, while salaries and earnings remain relatively stable, and technology creates wealth at dizzying rates, the individual and his due process protections may become as extinct as the dinosaur in the interest of stable markets: really, a matter of Hobson's Choice.

If law becomes more a business than a matter of human equity, if money begins to eclipse the value of human life and happiness, if necessity means more than freedom, if profits overshadow justice, then there is no doubt that all the evolution of our Jurisprudence - Hammurabai, The Athenian and Roman Codes, the Magna Charta, the English bill of rights, the American Declaration, the US Constitution and The American Bill of Rights - can be supplanted and swept away in the twinkling of an avaricious eye by TV Ratings and Human Shortsightedness and Endless Consumerism. 1,000 of years of human legal progress eviscerated by greed and trivialized by entertainment ratings and a man's life and limb subject to Mob Justice like the lynchings of old.

Finally, in the light of Citizen Verdict, one must rethink the difference between a Just Verdict and a Popular Verdict and what that might mean, for example, in the context of an unpopular defendant.

OJ Simpson would have fried if he'd been a Defendant on Citizen Verdict. He was, thanks to this same convergence of media, law, and entertainment values, one of the most unpopular defendants in history. Our system acquitted him, the Citizen Verdict system would have probably convicted him. What should that tell us about Criminal Justice as Entertainment and Popularity as Justice? It says that a Man's guilt or innocence should stand on the facts, evidence and law and the integrity of our legal institutions. It says that our entire system could easily become skewed and that our compulsive drive and bottomless appetite for growth and money is probably corruptive, unsustainable over the long haul if we hope to remain civilized, clouds our better judgment, and will probably erode all our institutions and connection to human values if we are not perceptive.

Citizen Verdict shows that justice as entertainment as profit is not ultimately justice at all because its goal is not solely or even primarily justice within the context of television. It can't be unless it appears on PBS, and then it still has to entertain. Justice simply should not be for sale or even give the appearance that it is for sale in a healthy Democratic Republic. This is not a monumental film but it raises monumental issues having to do with Human Dignity, Due Process of Law, and the intersection of Entertainment and Money on the ultimate concern of the law which should always be Justice.

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