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Genre  Drama, History
Initial release  April 30, 1980
Running time  1h 44m
7.2/10 IMDb

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Director  Robert L. Collins
Network  CBS
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Writer  Anthony Lewis (book), David W. Rintels (teleplay)
Adapted from  Gideons Trumpet: How One Man, a Poor Prisoner, Took His Case to the Supreme Court - and Changed the Law of the United States
Cast  Henry Fonda (Clarence Earl Gideon), José Ferrer (Abe Fortas), John Houseman (Chief Justice / Offscreen Narrator), Fay Wray (Edna Curtis), Sam Jaffe (1st Supreme Court Justice)
Similar movies  Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Barbed Wire Dolls, The Shawshank Redemption, The Maze Runner, Blackhat

Gideon's Trumpet is a book by Anthony Lewis describing the story behind Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that criminal defendants have the right to an attorney even if they cannot afford one. In 1965, the book won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Fact Crime book.

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A made-for-TV movie based on the book was released in 1980, starring Henry Fonda as Clarence Earl Gideon, José Ferrer as Abe Fortas and John Houseman as Earl Warren (though Warren's name was never mentioned in the film; he was billed simply as "The Chief Justice"). Houseman also provided the offscreen closing narration at the end of the film. Lewis himself appeared in a small role as "The Reporter". The movie was a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation produced by Worldvision, and aired on CBS.

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The name is a play on words, using the defendant's last name and invoking the biblical story in which Gideon ordered his small force to attack a much larger enemy camp. Gideon's army carried trumpets and concealed torches in clay pots. When the call to attack came, the noise and light they made tricked their enemies into thinking that a much larger army was attacking them. Thus, Gideon won the battle with little actual fighting (Judges 7:16-22).

References

Gideon's Trumpet Wikipedia
Gideons Trumpet IMDb Gideons Trumpet themoviedb.org


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