This film is useless. It is made very stylishly, it is first rate almost all the way around in production values, but I found it astounding that they'd succeeded in making a movie that was even more self-serving than the book it was based on!
I read her book very carefully in 1992, and I enjoyed reading it, but it was easy to tell what was true and what you had to shut off your brain to believe. This movie went further in that direction.
People have been going on and on about how great Natasha Richardson was in the film, but have made no mention of the great William Forsythe, who had a large role in it. He's too alive to get sympathy votes, but is 3x the actor that Natasha Richardson was.
This movie is a terrible, terrible source of what happened, and the way it was filmed documentary-style makes it just plain fraudulent.
The version of events given in the movie coincides 100% with the defense put on by her big-money lawyers. Bear in mind that the jury didn't buy it, the appellate courts didn't buy it, and she would not have been arrested in the first place if the FBI and US Attorney had bought into that self-serving fish story. That she is a socialite connected at the highest levels should not be in dispute now that two Democratic Presidents have put their own legacies at stake to get her out of prison and clear her name.
For a second opinion of what kind of person she was, notice what she did to her fiancee. How was she "kidnapped" from the home where she was to be married, when she never went back or even spoke to the guy she was to marry?
The real problem with this film is the first 20 minutes. What is shown there is a totally unverified version of events where the only source is a wayward heiress bank robber who---and please keep this in mind---made this book and this movie and promoted them like crazy while trying to buy a Presidential pardon. Winning the sympathy of the public was key to getting Carter and Clinton to pardon her. Please note that they didn't pardon a whole lot of bank robbers.
As for making a new version of this movie, even a good one would be nearly pointless. As Roger Ebert said in his review, "This whole story seemed so much more exciting from the outside."
P.S. For fans of the movie, the Hibernia Savings they robbed was not the real one on Noriega, they filmed it at the Bank of America at 38th and Balboa, both inside and out. I know because I opened my first bank account there in 1979! It is a pretty close match, the Sunset and Richmond districts look pretty much the same.