TERM OF TRIAL
Schoolteacher Graham Weir (Laurence Olivier) is plagued by alcoholism and refused to serve in World War II. He inspires contempt in almost everyone around him, including his bitter wife, Anna (Simone Signoret). When the lovely young Shirley Taylor (Sarah Miles), one of Weir's students, falls for her him, he is tempted and flattered but turns down her advances. Taylor's subsequent actions make Weir's life even more complicated.