• Gideon's Trumpet (1980)

Gideon's Trumpet

Release Date: 1980

DVD Release Date: August 28th, 2007

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Henry Fonda, José Ferrer, John Houseman, Fay Wray, Nicholas Pryor, Lane Smith, Richard McKenzie, Dolph Sweet

Director: Robert Collins

Genres: Docudrama

Production Co: Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions

Keywords: Judge, Prison, Gripping, Underdog, 1960s, Emotional, Transformation


Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or Special
Nominated Outstanding Drama or Comedy Special