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QB VII 

A physician (Sir Anthony Hopkins) sues a novelist (Ben Gazzara) for publishing statements implicating the doctor in Nazi war crimes.
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Series cast summary:
Ben Gazzara ...  Abe Cady 2 episodes, 1974
Anthony Hopkins ...  Adam Kelno 2 episodes, 1974
Leslie Caron ...  Angela Kelno 2 episodes, 1974
Dan O'Herlihy ...  David Shawcross 2 episodes, 1974
Robert Stephens ...  Robert Highsmith 2 episodes, 1974
Anthony Quayle ...  Tom Banniester 2 episodes, 1974
Milo O'Shea ...  Dr. Stanislaus Lotaki 2 episodes, 1974
Kristoffer Tabori ...  Ben Cady 2 episodes, 1974
Lee Remick ...  Lady Margaret 2 episodes, 1974
Julian Glover ...  Zaminski 2 episodes, 1974
Vladek Sheybal ...  Sobotnik 2 episodes, 1974
Anthony Andrews ...  Stephen Kelno 2 episodes, 1974
Alan Napier ...  Semple 2 episodes, 1974
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Adam Kelno (Sir Anthony Hopkins) has made it to England in the days following World War II. Having escaped from a death camp in Nazi Europe, he finds that his identification with anti-Communists in Poland has made him a target of the Soviet Government, which brings up war crime charges against him in England. When the witness is unable to identify him as one of the doctors who castrated him, he is released. Kelno takes his wife and young son to Saudi Arabia, where he labors for years upgrading public health standards. Upon his return to England, he is Knighted. Twenty years have passed and he has just begun to enjoy his life of renown when a book is published that names him as a willing participant to Nazi medical experiments on Jews in the camps. He sues for defamation and finds that not only can he not escape his past, but that the plaintiff in a defamation case has his own reputation on trial. "QB VII" refers to the courtroom in which the trial is held, Queen's Bench, Room 7. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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English

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29 April 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Jack Hawkins (Justice Gilroy) was suffering from throat cancer during the making of this movie. His voice was dubbed by Charles Gray. See more »

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Samantha Cady: I don't know what the word for 'male slut' is - but that's what you are.
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A Television milestone
28 January 2016 | by kingsgo4thSee all my reviews

One of the first major TV movie events (1974) concerned a case of libel in which a best-selling book "The Holocaust" named a knighted doctor as a concentration camp monster, Dr. Adam Kelno. A Polish Christian doctor who was in a camp as a prisoner (under the scrutiny of Nazi staff) Kelno claimed he was responsible for saving and sparing Jews who might have been butchered or gassed otherwise. But as 25+ years have passed, Kelno has led a modest, unselfish life and now, the author of the book, Abe Cady, needs to find living witnesses who can prove Kelno was no saint. My only beef with this (I didn't read QB VII) is my surprise that Cady, a street-smart writer and his sharp publisher (Dan O'Herlihy) would name a real, living person as an inhuman butcher and then worry about being sued and then, try finding living and written proof. Ben Gazzara as Cady, Anthony Hopkins as Kelno and Leslie Caron as his wife are superb in their roles. The story (running just over 5 hrs), is more of a saga including the lives of Cady and Kelno's family for a quarter century before converging at the titular QB VII (Queen's Bench, Courtroom 7) for a jury trial. While the story periodically dips into the strained family relations of both men, the heart of the story is engrossing, enhanced by on-location filming (including England, Europe and Israel) and a moving score by the late and great Jerry Goldsmith. Robert Stephens and Anthony Quayle are more than convincing as attorneys and Juliet Mills as Cady's wife and Joseph Wiseman as Cady's father both shine. I am not of the Jewish faith, but the film still packs a punch to the heart and is still profoundly moving.


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