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Excellent film - well worth seeing
on 7 April 2007
I first saw this film 20 years ago on a wet afternoon in winter. I'd never heard of it before despite being a huge James Stewart fan and wondered why it had passed me by. After watching it I was even more baffled as it is a wonderful film dominated by the indominatable spirit of a mother's undying love and faith in her son. He was accused of murder and despite all the evidence against him is facing the death sentence. His elderly mother works all the hours possible, even taking a job cleaning floors to earn all the money she can to help pay for a reward clearing her son. A journalist played by James Stewart takes up the case and despite his early misgivings is slowly drawn into believing the man is innocent. It is a long journey but the film doesn't drag and builds to a tense climax which leads to the man's innocence being proven as the chief witness against him is found out to have lied under oath. Based on a true story, this is a film that will sit proudly in anyone's collection.