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A Jury of Her Peers (1980)

A farm woman is accused of murdering her husband in early 1900's Midwest America.


Sally Heckel


Susan Glaspell (play), Sally Heckel
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Diane de Lorian Diane de Lorian ... Mrs. Hale
Dorothy Lancaster Dorothy Lancaster ... Mrs. Peters
Sheila Hinchliffe Sheila Hinchliffe ... Minnie Burke
Mark Margolis ... Mr. Hale
Richard Schlossbach Richard Schlossbach ... Harry
Peter McRobbie ... County Attorney
Hank Giles Hank Giles ... Mr. Peters


A farm woman is accused of murdering her husband in early 1900's Midwest America.

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Short | Crime | Drama



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11 February 1987 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Dømt af medsøstre See more »

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Quilt pieces by Mary Butler Shannon See more »


sung by 'Old First' Choir
Soloist 'Suzanna Ashton'
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Extremely Powerful Short Film
17 May 2003 | by films42See all my reviews

This is an extremely powerful, Oscar-nominated, short film (30 minutes long) which works beautifully on a variety of levels. On the surface, it tells a fairly simple story about rural life at the start of the 20th century, but look deeper & it becomes a metaphor about the difference between male & female communication styles. At its deepest level, intended by both the author of the short story & the filmmaker, it becomes a feminist statement about the importance of including women as full participants in public life (in the arts as well as in politics).

Note the title: the film is set in a world in which women can not participate on juries, they can't even vote (yet). So the title itself is a clue to the multiple layers intended.

The filmmaker does an excellent job of visualizing the story but it does require patience -- you have to look carefully at the clues set before you in order to draw your own conclusions. This film will not simply tell you what to think about right & wrong.

Excellent for use in a book club or film club where you can watch together & then discuss. Only the stone-hearted will be ready to leave the room when the credits roll.

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