The People vs. Jean Harris Poster

Release Date: 1981

DVD Release Date: February 12th, 2004

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
In this fact-based film, Jean Harris (Ellen Burstyn) stands accused of the murder of Dr. Herman Tarnowner, a celebrity cardiologist best known as the author of "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet." Aided by defense attorney Joel Aurnou (Martin Balsam), Harris -- hoping to gain the mercy of the court at her sentencing -- details the sordid events leading up the killing. Meanwhile, prosecuting attorney George Bolen (Peter Coyote) pumps up the case for the state.

Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Martin Balsam, Richard Dysart, Peter Coyote, Priscilla Morrill, Al Ruscio

Director: George Schaefer

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: School, Temptation, Melodramatic, Sacrifice, Intense, Rivalry, Revenge, Judge, 1980s, Doctor


Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television