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Based on James Barlow's novel The Burden of Proof, this is a thoughtful drama revolving around the relationship between a schoolteacher and his students, in particular a fifteen year old girl (played by the debuting Sarah Miles, although she was in fact 21 at the time), who has become infatuated with him. But when he rejects her advances during a school trip to France, out of spite she accuses him of rape. The resulting court-case dominates the latter stages of the film. In its depiction of school life there does...
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Overview

Based on James Barlow's novel The Burden of Proof, this is a thoughtful drama revolving around the relationship between a schoolteacher and his students, in particular a fifteen year old girl (played by the debuting Sarah Miles, although she was in fact 21 at the time), who has become infatuated with him. But when he rejects her advances during a school trip to France, out of spite she accuses him of rape. The resulting court-case dominates the latter stages of the film. In its depiction of school life there does seem to be a ring of truth, even if the situations are somewhat exaggerated and for its time this was very strong stuff with its controversial scenario. But the early 60s was an era when film-makers were challenging social taboos, and subjects that had until then remained off-limits were being explored. Victim (1961) is another good example of this trend. As the movie also examines the precarious state of the man's marriage, this also gives more poignancy to his predicament. A fine cast is employed here, including a young Terence Stamp who went on to become a major star of the late 60s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • UPC: 883316204825
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,789

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Olivier Graham Weir
Simone Signoret Anne Weir
Roland Culver Trowman
Sarah Miles Shirley Taylor
Frank Pettingell Ferguson
Terence Stamp Mitchell
Thora Hird Mrs. Taylor
Dudley Foster Detective Sgt. Kiernan
Hugh Griffith O'Hara
Norman Bird Mr. Taylor
Newton Blick Prosecutor
Allan Cuthbertson Sylvan-Jones
Nicholas Hannen Magistrate Sharp
Roy Holder Thompson
Barbara Ferris Joan
Rosamond Greenwood Constance
Vanda Godsell Mrs. Thompson
Earl Cameron Chard
Clive Colin Bowler Collins
Lloyd Lamble Inspector Ullyat
Technical Credits
Peter Glenville Director, Screenwriter
Jim Clark Editor
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Gasser Makeup
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
James Woolf Producer
Tony Woollard Art Director
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