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The Andersonville Trial (1970)

A dramatization of the 1865 war-crimes trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... General Wallace
... Col. Chipman
... Otis Baker
Wright King ... Major Hosmer
... Louis Schade
... Captain Williams
... Henry Wirz
... Doctor Ford
... Col. Chandler
... Dr. John Bates
... Ambrose Spencer
Lou Frizzell ... Jasper Culver
... James Davidson
... James Gray
... First Guard (as Dallas McKennon)
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Lt. Col. N.P Chipman is the Army prosecutor, Otis Baker the defense attorney and Gen. Lew Wallace the judge in the trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate officer who ran a prisoner of war camp in Andersonville, which saw 14,000 Union prisoners die from cruel neglect. Witnesses include Lt. Col. Chandler, who was assigned to inspect the Andersonville prison; Dr. John C. Bates, the physician at the camp horrified by his experience; Ambrose Spencer, a plantation owner who can testify that food offered to the camp by nearby residents was refused; James Davidson, a haunted 19-year-old prisoner who claims a fellow was torn apart by dogs; Jasper Culver, another prisoner who has a story about a man named Chickamauga; Sgt. James Gray, who testifies that Wirtz killed a man with his own hands; and Dr. Ford, the one witness for the defense. Written by J. Spurlin

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17 May 1970 (USA)  »

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The Broadway production of "The Andersonville Trial" by Saul Levitt opened at the Henry Miller's Theater in New York on December 29, 1959 and ran for 179 performances. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) Boom mic bounces around quickly in the frame when the defendant starts losing his disposition in front of the court witnesses. See more »

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Version of Der Andersonville-Prozess (1972) See more »

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Superbly acted, almost forgotten, TV gem
7 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

I have not seen this this very fine courtroom drama in almost thirty years, but it remains an unforgettable experience. Basehart, Shatner, Cassidy, Salmi, and Mitchell all give excellent performances. It is also a highly intelligent film, dealing with complex issues of military morality. indeed, it is puzzling that this fine film has never been rerun..then again, most of the great Television dramas are never rerun. Perhaps a new cable network could be created..call it "QTV' for "quality Television', devoted to shows like The Defenders, Naked City, Slatterys People,The Westerner,My World ( And Welcome to It), Nichols and to the great dramas of the golden age, such as this. Of course, thats yet another impossible dream


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