Gideon's Trumpet (1980)

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The story of Clarence Earl Gideon and his fight for the right to have publicly funded legal counsel for the needy.


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17 November 2001 | ocgiii
An eye opener
Just saw this this morning. It was well done, but I think dumbed down for general consumption. It was painful to hear so many distinguished jurists referring to attorneys or counsel as 'lawyers', as if the public wouldn't know to what they were referring. At least in the high court, they did use the proper nomenclature. Fonda did a good job of playing Gideon, although I believe the actual man was only about 50 at the time. He also made him out to be at the same time sympathetic and the unpleasant indignant multiple felon he likely was in reality.

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