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Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 10 January 1988
An Arab terrorist is smuggled out of West Beirut by American secret forces, he is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and killing five innocent people including a five-year-old child. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Waterston ... Jim Delmore
Ron Leibman ... Simon Resnick
Robert Davi ... Salim Ajami
Joe Morton ... Tandy
Jo Henderson Jo Henderson ... Judge Bonner
Stephen Lee ... Ellis
Frances Conroy ... Lyn Kessler
James Greene ... George Flanders
Sheila Kelley ... Trish
Nancy Stephens ... Ginny Delmore
Dakin Matthews ... Catlett
George Wallace ... Shoop (as George D. Wallace)
Nick Angotti Nick Angotti ... Major
Billy Beck ... Doorman
John Braden John Braden ... Justice Department Man
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An Arab terrorist is smuggled out of West Beirut by American secret forces, he is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and killing five innocent people including a five-year-old child. An unprecedented trial commences as he is charged under a new Federal statute declaring murder of American civilians overseas a felony. Resnick, a Law Professor at a prestigious university hasn't fought a case in years. But he is one of the all time best defense lawyers in the country. He hesitantly takes the case. A battle between two of the most brilliant legal minds in the country gets underway in a trial intended as a showcase for American justice. Written by Anonymous

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Is he a prisoner of justice ... or revenge.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1988 (USA) See more »

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Hostile Witness See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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a look at the legal system
26 October 1999 | by garyovermanSee all my reviews

It surprises me that so few people seem to be aware of this excellent look at the U.S. legal system.

Sometime in the future a Mid Eastern terrorist (played by Robert Davi) is kidnapped overseas and brought to the federal court in Virginia to stand trial. His reluctant defense attorney is played by Ron Liebman. Sam Waterston is the U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case. Jo Henderson, in her last role, is the judge.

Strong performances, an excellent cast, and a good, legally accurate script characterize this superb drama.

It is a very good movie.


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