The Info List - Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1982 Film)

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt is a 1982 New Zealand
New Zealand
docu-drama feature film directed by John Laing and starring David Hemmings, John Hargreaves, Roy Billing
Roy Billing
& Terence Cooper.


1 Plot synopsis 2 Cast 3 Reception 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links

Plot synopsis[edit] Arthur Allan Thomas is falsely convicted for the murder of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe and is later pardoned after 9 years in prison. Cast[edit]

David Hemmings
David Hemmings
as Inspector Bruce Hutton John Hargreaves as Arthur Allan Thomas Tony Barry as Detective John Hughes Martyn Sanderson as Len Demler Terence Cooper
Terence Cooper
as Paul Temin

Reception[edit] The film received mixed reviews which has largely been attributed to its avoidance of genre clichés. 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
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
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
Goodbye Pork Pie
the following year.[1] References[edit]

^ "Beyond Reasonable Doubt". nzonscreen.com. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

Yallop, David (1978). Beyond Reasonable Doubt. Hodder and Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-23667-1. 

External links[edit]

Beyond Reasonable Doubt - New Zealand
New Zealand
Film Commission synopsis Beyond Reasonable Doubt on IMDb NZ On Screen page

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