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Gideon's Trumpet (1980)





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In this film, Clarence Earl Gideon 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 is brought to the attention of the Supreme Court.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: David W. Rintels
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2007
Acorn Media

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Henry Fonda
as Clarence Earl Gideon
Josť Ferrer
as Abe Fortas
Sam Jaffe
as Justice No. 1
Dean Jagger
as Justice No. 6
Fay Wray
as Edna Curtis
William Prince
as Justice No. 5
Lane Smith
as Turner
Dolph Sweet
as Charlie
Ford Rainey
as 2nd Supreme Court Ju...
David Sheiner
as Abe Krash
Les Lannom
as Bobby Earle
Allan Rich
as Tobias Simon
Richard Lineback
as Lester Wade
David Clennon
as James Fitzpatrick
Jerry Hardin
as Mel Cobb
Jon Locke
as Supervisor
Gary Grubbs
as Deputy Hamilton
Seamon Glass
as Prison Guard
Gwen Van Dam
as Mrs. Lawrence
Edmund H. North
as Supreme Court Justic...
Liam O'Brien
as Supreme Court Justic...
Don Draper
as Bailiff
Clifford A. Pellow
as Justin Pike
James Brodhead
as Court Crier
Frederic Cook
as Leo Stafford
John Miller
as Judge Robert McCrary
Liam O'Brien
as Supreme Court Justic...
John Houseman
as Chief Justice
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Critic Reviews for Gideon's Trumpet

All Critics (1)

Nearly three decades since its initial broadcast, it still holds a place as a triumph of televised storytelling.

Full Review… | August 2, 2007

Audience Reviews for Gideon's Trumpet

Henry Fonda is perfectly cast in the lead surrounded by a flawless cast in a compelling story that changed American history.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This movie wasn't terribly dynamic but I liked it b/c it was based on a true story. I originally thought Gideon was guilty and it amazed me to find out he wasn't. In the old days, a lot of innocent people got put in jail before lawyers were appointed to represent them.

Ida Kern

Super Reviewer

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