Gideon's Trumpet

Gideon's Trumpet

Director: Robert E. Collins Cast: Henry Fonda, John Houseman, José Ferrer
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Gideon's Trumpet

In the tradition of his earlier work in Grapes of Wrath and Twelve Angry Men, Henry Fonda played another social-protest role in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV presentation Gideon's Trumpet. Clarence Earl Gideon (Fonda) is a poor, ill-tempered Florida handyman who is arrested for petty larceny in 1961. Unable to afford a lawyer, Gideon is sentenced to five years in prison. His treatment by the Florida judicial system, a clear violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, is brought to the attention of the Supreme Court. As a result, a landmark decision is reached, assuring free legal representation for anyone accused of a crime in the United States. Also appearing are Jose Ferrer as Gideon's attorney Abe Fortas, John Houseman (who also produced) as the Chief Justice, and Fay Wray as the owner of the lodging establishment where Gideon lived. Gideon's Trumpet premiered on April 30, 1980.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2007
UPC: 0054961974894
Original Release: 1980
Source: Acorn Media
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:44:00

Special Features

Insert with production notes by Anthony Lewis and cast filmographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Fonda Clarence Earl Gideon
John Houseman Chief Justice
José Ferrer Abe Fortas
Fay Wray Edna Curtis
Sam Jaffe 1st Sumpreme Court Justice
Dean Jagger 6th Supreme Court Justice
Nicholas Pryor Jacob
William Prince 5th Supreme Court Justice
Lane Smith Fred Turner
John Miller Judge Robert McCrary
Dolph Sweet Charlie
Ford Rainey 2nd Supreme Court Justice
David Sheiner Abe Krash
J. Patrick McNamara Harris
Les Lannom Bobby Earle
Malcolm Groome John Ely
Allan Rich Tobias Simon
Richard Lineback Lester Wade
David Clennon James Fitzpatrick
Michael Cavanaugh Stocker
Paul Benjamin Artis
Jerry Hardin Mel Cobb
Frederic Cook Leo Stafford
James O'Connell Warden
Jon Locke Supervisor
Gary Grubbs Deputy Hamilton
Seamon Glass Prison Guard
Gwen van Dam Mrs. Lawrence
Edmund H. North Supreme Court Justice
Liam O'Brien Supreme Court Justice
Don Draper Bailiff
Henry Proach Guard
Timothy Scott Toby
Clifford A. Pellow Justin Pike
James Brodhead Court Crier

Technical Credits
Robert E. Collins Director
Don Birnkrant Cinematographer
Frank Bracht Editor
Edward C. Carfagno Production Designer
John Houseman Executive Producer
Robert H. Justman Co-producer
Robert J. Koster Production Manager
David W. Rintels Co-producer,Screenwriter
Joseph Weiss Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gideon's Trumpet
1. The Crime [5:34]
2. His Own Defense [13:01]
3. Sentenced [8:11]
4. Research [9:22]
5. Supreme Court [7:20]
6. Biographical Information [11:38]
7. Defendant's Rights [16:26]
8. The Decision [10:42]
9. Second Trials [17:00]
10. A Free Man [4:08]

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