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      Gideon's Trumpet

      TV-PG 1980 1h 45m Drama List
      Reviews 55% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In 1961, Clarence Earl Gideon (Henry Fonda) is arrested on charges of petty theft. Unable to afford an expensive lawyer to defend him, he is forced to represent himself and receives a five-year prison sentence. He becomes a model inmate and jailhouse scholar, focusing on the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees U.S. citizens the right of due process. With the help of an attorney (Jose Ferrer), Clarence makes a startling discovery that changes everything. The film is based on a true story. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      David Cornelius DVDTalk.com Nearly three decades since its initial broadcast, it still holds a place as a triumph of televised storytelling. Rated: 5/5 Aug 2, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Emily V watching this movie in gov rn and i wanna fall asleep. it's SO SLOW. and no one under the age of 60 will thoroughly enjoy this movie. it doesn't help that my teacher stops the movie every time there is an answer to a question in his worksheet. #neverwatchingthisagain Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Setting aside the moments where it felt more like an instructional video rather than a movie and the at times, weak acting, Gideon's Trumpet boldly details an important turn in the American Justice system. I particularly enjoyed the historical accuracy as some scenes either used direct court transcripts or closely replicated the conversations. Despite a seemingly dry premise, it certainly held my interest from start to finish. A marvelous story of determination indeed. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Henry Fonda is perfectly cast in the lead surrounded by a flawless cast in a compelling story that changed American history. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review yash b Nice little true story that is important and probably could've been given more justice than a TV movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member :) Gideon is a bad ass. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Watched it for my Government class. The main character is immensely whiny and depressing. The actual story is much better. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 1961, Clarence Earl Gideon (Henry Fonda) is arrested on charges of petty theft. Unable to afford an expensive lawyer to defend him, he is forced to represent himself and receives a five-year prison sentence. He becomes a model inmate and jailhouse scholar, focusing on the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees U.S. citizens the right of due process. With the help of an attorney (Jose Ferrer), Clarence makes a startling discovery that changes everything. The film is based on a true story.
      Director
      Robert Collins
      Producer
      Robert H. Justman, David W. Rintels
      Screenwriter
      David W. Rintels
      Production Co
      Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
      Rating
      TV-PG
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 16, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 45m
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