- 1979 ----- color ----- 105 min ----- vhs
(Directed by Robert Collins; with Henry Fonda, Jose Ferrer, John Houseman, Sam Jaffee, Dean Jagger, Fay Wray) Clarence Earl Gideon, a semi-literate drifter, is arrested for breaking into a pool room and petty theft. When he asks the court to appoint a lawyer for his defense because he cannot afford one, his request is denied. While in prison he begins a campaign aimed at the U. S. Supreme Court, contending that every defendant is entitled to legal representation. The Court agrees to hear the case, rules in his favor, and U. S. legal history is changed forever.
(Restricted to classroom use only)
- Topics: (History: American, Law, Motion Pictures: Features)