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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
June 2004 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller... See more »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
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The Daily Beast: "At the Bottom of The Staircase"
 (From Televisionary. 4 March 2013, 9:23 AM, PST)

TV highlights 04/02/2013
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 3 February 2013, 4:05 PM, PST)

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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 21)
Ron Guerette ... Himself (8 episodes, 2004)
David Saacks ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
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Series Directed by
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Allyson Luchak .... producer (unknown episodes)
Denis Poncet .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Joel Goodman (unknown episodes)
Jocelyn Pook (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Pierre Milon (unknown episodes)
Isabelle Razavet (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jean-Pierre Bloc (unknown episodes)
Sophie Brunet (unknown episodes)
Adam Lichtenstein (unknown episodes)
Scott Stevenson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Sonda L. Rowland .... painter (unknown episodes, 2007)
 
Series Sound Department
Benoit Degornet .... dialogue recordist (8 episodes, 2004)

Christophe Moreno .... sound mixer (unknown episodes, 2004)
Anne-Laure François .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Tristan Jaoul .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Sébastien Wera .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade .... cinematographer: additional scenes (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Christian Riffard .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes, 2004)
 
Series Other crew
Mathias Farrugia .... subtitler: French (4 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Thanks
Christian Riffard .... thanks (unknown episodes)
 

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Also Known As:
"Soupçons" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
France:360 min (8 parts)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Mike Nifong, the DA involved in the Duke Lacrosse case, appears as an assistant DA in this documentary.See more »
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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Shameful Prejudice Used to Convict, 2 May 2008
Author: interactbiz from Canada

This powerful exposition ultimately demonstrates how moralist prejudice drives administration of the law in at least parts of the American heartland. Director Lestrade obviously has condensed the trial and chosen scenes to further his point of view but much of the evidence and many of the submissions had no place in a trial seeking truth and justice. Lestrade did not stage events that showed the prosecutors creating jury prejudice, he reported on them.

Judge Hudson allowed an immunized gay hooker to testify about Internet chats with Peterson. The only purpose was to demean Peterson for his sexual interests. It certainly was not to add information about a homicide because the witness had never met Peterson face to face nor had any direct contact with the defendant or his family. The only information he could provide about the Peterson's marriage was Michael's repeated statements about love for his wife Kathleen. Similarly, evidence about gay pornography on Peterson's computer was, by itself, prejudicial. No testimony supported the notion that the material offended the dead woman but assistant prosecutor Freda Black certainly was highly offended by what she called filth.

The prosecution failed to establish a believable motive for murder of Kathleen Peterson. They suggested she was soon to lose her lucrative employment and that might cause Peterson to prefer her dead. Alternatively, they said that Kathleen might have been so offended by newly discovering his gay interest that she would end their relationship.

The most egregious act of the prosecution was to claim parallels between Kathleen's 2001 death with the death of a Peterson family friend in Germany in 1985. Her death 18 years before Peterson's trial was found by investigation at the time to be by natural causes.

Lestrade's film is probably most powerful in the way it presents the Peterson family dynamics. The natural and adopted children stood by the defendant throughout the trial and that presents the strongest evidence of innocence.

Despite my comments above, I am not convinced that Michael Peterson is innocent. However, I do believe that the trial did not prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

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