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Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1982 film)

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Directed by
  
John Laing

Written by
  
David Yallop

Cinematography
  
Alun Bollinger

Screenplay
  
David Yallop

Producer
  
John Barnett

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Produced by
  
John Barnett

Music by
  
Dave Fraser

Director
  
John Laing

Music director
  
Dave Fraser

Starring
  
David Hemmings John Hargreaves Tony Barry Martyn Sanderson

Initial release
  
17 November 1983 (Australia)

Cast
  
David Hemmings, John Hargreaves, Martyn Sanderson, John Bach, Tony Barry

Similar
  
David Hemmings movies, Docudramas, Movies about murder

Beyond Reasonable Doubt is a 1982 New Zealand docu-drama feature film about the conviction of Arthur Allan Thomas, later pardoned, for the murder of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe in 1970 after spending 9 years in prison.

It stars David Hemmings as Inspector Bruce Hutton. John Hargreaves, Roy Billing and Terence Cooper also appear.

Reception

The film received mixed reviews which has largely been attributed to its avoidance of genre clich├ęs. The film did receive praise when it screened at the 1981 Chicago Film Festival, with director John Laing recalling that "the audience was passionate". The film also received praise from Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun Times where he described it as a "remarkable film".

In New Zealand the film was well received with Punch stating that it "inspires respect" and suggesting that the film "stirs [hope] that NZ may be about to join the cinema producing countries". Due to the high-profile nature of the case in New Zealand the film was described as a "story that a lot of people in the country wanted to forget about". In spite of this the film was New Zealand's most successful film until the release of Goodbye Pork Pie the following year.

References

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1982 film) Wikipedia


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