In this fact-based film, Jean Harris (Ellen Burstyn) stands accused of the murder of Dr. Herman Tarnowner, a celebrity cardiologist best known as the author of "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet." Aided by defense attorney Joel Aurnou (Martin Balsam), Harris -- hoping to gain the mercy of the court at her sentencing -- details the sordid events leading up the killing. Meanwhile, prosecuting attorney George Bolen (Peter Coyote) pumps up the case for the state.
The People Vs. Jean Harris is a highly popular Movie. That Movie won Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television in 1981. This was George Schaefer’s 3rd Movies in this genre. His most popular Movie was Stone Pillow. If you liked that Movie, you should also try Perfect Witness, The Preppie Murder, and Too Young to Die?.