Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1982 film)
|Beyond Reasonable Doubt|
|Directed by||John Laing|
|Produced by||John Barnett|
|Written by||David Yallop|
|Based on||Beyond Reasonable Doubt|
by David Yallop
|Music by||Dave Fraser|
|Edited by||Michael Horton|
Arthur Allan Thomas is falsely convicted for the murder of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe and is later pardoned after 9 years in prison.
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 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 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 the following year.
- "Beyond Reasonable Doubt". nzonscreen.com. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- Beyond Reasonable Doubt - New Zealand Film Commission synopsis
- Beyond Reasonable Doubt on IMDb
- NZ On Screen page