QB VII was a five-hour mini-series, which was hailed as both a critical triumph and a milestone "television event" when it originally aired in 1974. Based on a Leon Uris novel, which itself was based on a libel trial that arose after Uris published Exodus, this fictionalised drama is essentially the story of two men, Dr. Adam Kelno, a Polish doctor who was imprisoned by the Nazis in a concentration camp, and Abe Cady, a successful Hollywood writer who publishes a serious book on the Holocaust that exposes Kelno's past. Playing Dr Kelno, Anthony Hopkins steals the show,... and the nuances he brings to the character keep the audience guessing whether he is in fact a dedicated healer or a diabolical villain intent on papering over a fiendish past. Ben Gazzara is credible as the tough-talking Cady, but when Hopkins leaves the action for a time the film sags and begins to resemble an ordinary TV film. Eventually the two men's lives come into conflict when Kelno sues for libel. The trial, in a London courtroom (the "Queen's Bench VII" of the title), seeks to sort out the truth about the past of Dr Kelno. His precise activities during the war, and how the world deals with his past, receives intelligent and dramatic treatment. A cracking Jerry Goldsmith score keeps the drama centre stage. --Robert J McNamara, Amazon.com [show more]

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17 April 2019
Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK 
313 minutes 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play A physician sues a novelist for publishing statements implicating the doctor in Nazi war crimes

The entire Seventies mini-series is collected together on two tapes. Respected physician Sir Adam Kelno (Anthony Hopkins) fights in the courts to clear his name when author Abraham Cady (Ben Gazzara) accuses him of having carried out experiments on Jews in the Nazi POW camp of Jadwiga during World War Two. Over the course of the case, held in Queens Bench No VII, old wounds are reopened, with Kelno battling to prove his innocence in the unflinching face of Cady's claims.

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