Just Cause and The Fictional World of Archives

Original Novel Title: Just Cause

Author: John Katzenbach

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1992 (hardcover); Ballantine Books, April 1993 (paperback)

Feature Film Release Date: 1995

Sean Connery co-stars as long-retired lawyer turned professor Paul Armstrong whose anti-capital punishment stance is challenged by the grandmother of a man (actor Blair Underwood) on death row in a Florida prison.

During his research into the case at his father-in-law's newspaper, he's assisted by Delores Rodriguez (actress Liz Torres). She's introduced as the person who runs the "archives" and is a "news trivia expert." During this scene early in the movie she unrolls some squeaky compact shelving and removes a file for Armstrong's inspection. "Microfiche" or microfilm of newspaper articles, police evidence photographs and a prisoner correspondence file serve as research material for his investigation.

Diplomatics adherents will be interested in the clever plot twist in which a letter purportedly written by the real killer was planted years before in his prison correspondence file.

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CONTENTS: The Fictional World of Archives

Submitted by David Mattison, 1996.12.21. Updated 2007.03.18.