Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Film

Film noir

 

Time Out says

'You wouldn't want me to confess to something I didn't do, would you? Would you?' But that's just what Inspector David Hemmings does want in this true tale of Rough Justice Down Under, based on a controversial court case involving a New Zealand farmer charged with a double killing, which occupied the country's courts from 1970 till the Prime Minister's pardon in 1979. This modest but enjoyable film wears its pessimistic noir trappings well: cops who believe everyone's got something to hide, everybody's guilty, and rigging evidence and jury lists accordingly; the wife who almost cracks under the strain; most of all, the lack of faith in the truism that justice will out.
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Release details

UK release:

1980

Duration:

108 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

John Laing

Cast:

Grant Tilly, Martyn Sanderson, Tony Barry, John Hargreaves, David Hemmings, Diana Rowan

Music:

Dave Fraser

Art Director:

Kai Hawkins

Editor:

Michael Horton

Cinematography:

Alun Bollinger

Screenwriter:

David Yallop

Producer:

John Barnett

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