6.3/10
60
2 user

The People vs. Jean Harris (1981)

A re-enactment of the trial of the mistress of the Scarsdale Diet doctor for his March 1980 murder, with excerpts from the transcript of the proceedings serving as the script.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writer:

George Lefferts
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Resurrection (1980)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A woman enters the afterlife briefly after a car crash that kills her husband. But she survives - and finds herself possessing strange powers.

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth
Surviving (TV Movie 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Promising student Rick Brogan discovers that his father whom he idolizes is cheating on his mother. Heartbroken, he finds comfort in the arms of his old crush but her father opposes the relationship which pushes Rick over the edge.

Director: Waris Hussein
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Len Cariou, Zach Galligan
Hanna's War (1988)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During WW2 Hanna Szenes, a Hungarian Jew living in British Palestine, volunteers to go behind enemy lines to rescue Jews from deportation to death camps.

Director: Menahem Golan
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Maruschka Detmers, Anthony Andrews
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An attorney, upon handling an incest case, learns that she was an incest victim by her father from the age of five months to five years. Through therapy, she arranges to confront her father... See full summary »

Director: Bill Corcoran
Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Kate Nelligan, Shirley Douglas
When You Remember Me (TV Movie 1990)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Fact-based story of Mike Mills, a teen with muscular dystrophy, who is placed in a state nursing home by his destitute single mother. There he must contend with being the only young person ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Winer
Stars: Fred Savage, Kevin Spacey, Ellen Burstyn
The Ellen Burstyn Show (1986–1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Ellen Brewer, a best-selling author, shares her Baltimore house with single daughter Molly Ross, plus five year old grandson Nick. Added to the mix, is Ellen's sarcastic mother Sydney, and her seminar student Tom, a frequent guest.

Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Megan Mullally, Jesse R. Tendler
Into Thin Air (TV Movie 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ellen Burstyn stars as the Canadian mother of a college student who vanishes mysteriously while driving back to school in the states. After having no luck from the police, she hires a ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Robert Prosky, Sam Robards
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A middle-aged steelworker is content with his job and his family, but feels that something is missing in his life. On his 50th birthday, he stops in at a local bar for a drink to celebrate.... See full summary »

Director: Bud Yorkin
Stars: Gene Hackman, Ann-Margret, Ellen Burstyn
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Fact based story of the lives and attempted 1962 escape of several inmates in the famous correctional facility. Young inmate Clarence Carnes masterminds a grand escape involving several ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Krasny
Stars: Michael Beck, Art Carney, Alex Karras
Pack of Lies (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

London in the early 1960s. The life of a couple is upset by the coming of a British Secret Service Agent who moves in across the street.

Director: Anthony Page
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Teri Garr, Sammi Davis
Something in Common (TV Movie 1986)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young man and a nice woman in her forties fall in love. His mother goes berserk when he tells her about it and when the girlfriend comes to meet the mother, she wants to jump out of her skin. Accepting her son's choice won't be easy.

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Tuesday Weld, Patrick Cassidy
Mrs. Harris (TV Movie 2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Based on the sensational 1980s media event, famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower meets a particularly brutal end at the hands of his jilted lover, Jean Harris.

Director: Phyllis Nagy
Stars: Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Cloris Leachman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ellen Burstyn ... Jean Harris
Martin Balsam ... Joel Aurnou
Richard Dysart ... Judge Russell R. Leggett
Peter Coyote ... George Bolen
Priscilla Morrill ... Juanita Edwards
Al Ruscio ... Siciliano
Milton Selzer ... Dr. Roth
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Dr. Ryan
Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall ... Suzanne van der Vreken
Alvin Ing ... Dr. Roh
Lesley Woods
Sari Price Sari Price
Christopher Curry
Millie Slavin Millie Slavin ... Narrator
Edit

Storyline

A re-enactment of the trial of the mistress of the Scarsdale Diet doctor for his March 1980 murder, with excerpts from the transcript of the proceedings serving as the script.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Jean-Harris-Prozess See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

PKO Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This drama was based on transcripts from Jean Harris' criminal trial. It was notable in being broadcast less than 3 months after the end of the actual trial. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Escale à Nanarland: Le Justicier de New York (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Great Performance by Ellen!
27 January 2007 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Okay, I was expecting a little more from this film. I haven't seen Mrs. Harris with Annette Bening. Of course, I believe Ellen Burstyn gives a brilliant complex performance as Mrs. Jean Harris who shot her lover of 14 years, Dr. Herman Tarmhower nicknamed the Scarsdale Diet Doctor. Ellen brings Jean's character to life making her complex, complicated, strong, vulnerable, weak, emotional, and completely real to the audience. You understand her and you wonder why she went to prison. Of course, Dr. Tarmhower or Hi as he was called by her had another mistress, a divorced Lynn Triforest who never testified at the trial. Mrs. Harris was a beautiful, intelligent woman who wanted Hi's company, companionship, rather than force him to marry her. She made the trips from Virginia and often drove up to see him and not the other way around. Somehow they were together for many years, the thought of a break-up was just unbearable for Jean who loved Hi completely with faults and all. She was his cerebral companion as well as lover but Hi needed more. Maybe she just didn't live up to his expectations in the bedroom, who knows since he has been gone for 27 years? Mrs. Harris was not a stupid woman only when it came to love and the Scarsdale Diet Doctor. There is no man worthy enough to kill yourself for in this world. Mrs. Harris felt insecure, unattractive, and inadequate only because her partner, Hi, made her feel that way. This case raises a lot of points about relationships including selfishness and possessiveness on both sides. I believe Ellen deserved an Emmy. I felt the courtroom version was both too long because it never left the courtroom.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed