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"Kojak" The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)

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Abby Mann (written by)
Selwyn Raab (book)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
8 March 1973 (Season 1, Episode 0)
A homicide detective begins to suspect that the black teenager accused of murdering two white girls is being framed by his fellow detectives. | Add synopsis »
Kojak Creator Mann Dies
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojack

Marjoe Gortner ... Teddy Hopper

José Ferrer ... Jake Weinhaus (as Jose Ferrer)

Ned Beatty ... Det. Dan Corrigan

Allen Garfield ... Mario Portello

Lorraine Gary ... Ruthie
Roger Robinson ... Bobby Martin
Harriet Karr ... Cindy
Gene Woodbury ... Lewis Humes
William Watson ... Det. Matt Black

Val Bisoglio ... Det. Jacarrino
Antonia Rey ... Rita Alvarez

Chita Rivera ... Josie Hopper

Bruce Kirby ... Sgt. Dan McCartney

Robert Walden ... Mr. Fisher
Robert Fields ... Asst. D.A. Goodman
Carolyn Nelson ... Melissa Karr
Lloyd Gough ... Inspector MacNeill

Lynn Hamilton ... Arless Humes

Lawrence Pressman ... Cabot

John Sylvester White ... Inspector Hoffstetter
Paul Jenkins ... Al Stabile
Helen Page Camp ... Mrs. Hopper
Ellen Moss ... Lynn Peyser
George Savalas ... Jack Deems
Alan Manson ... Sgt. Roberts
Fred Holliday ... Sgt. Topf

Henry Brown ... Abe Humes (as Henry Brown Jr.)
Joshua Shelley ... Mr. Sack
Patricia O'Connell ... Marge Corrigan
Alex Colon ... Roberto Timoteo
Ben Hammer ... Judge DeKana
Tol Avery ... Justice Redding
Bill Zuckert ... Judge Mathews
Elizabeth Berger ... Jo-Ann Marcus

Lora Kaye ... Kathy Nelson
Steve Gravers ... Irwin David (as Steven Gravers)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byron Morrow ... Judge Wallace (uncredited)
Fred Ottaviano ... Detective (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
Writing credits
Abby Mann (written by)

Selwyn Raab (book)

Produced by
Abby Mann .... executive producer
Matthew Rapf .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
Cinematography by
Mario Tosi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carl Pingitore 
Richard M. Sprague 
Art Direction by
John J. Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
George Gaines 
Costume Design by
Charles Waldo 
Production Management
Ben Bishop .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Crosland .... assistant director
Charles E. Walker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound (as John Carter)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea E. Weaver .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Mario Simon .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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UK:137 min | USA:125 min
Color (technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M (video rating) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | UK:15

Did You Know?

After Telly Savalas died, the movie was shown again for the first time in nearly 20 years, this time with a short clip of Telly and the words "Dedicated to the memory of Aristotle 'Telly' Savalas 1920 - 1994" at the end of the show.See more »
Jake Weinhaus:That's a nice woman, Saul. She managed to say goodbye even though I told her I couldn't save her son.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Overlooked Gem, 18 January 2012
Author: dojoredleopard from United States

This generation of film makers are afraid to make something like this now. Distributors wont touch it.This should not have been a TV movie. Academy award worthy across the board here. The direction, the cinematography, one heck of a script, and you can take your pick of the actors whose performances went past the heart and right for the gut. The subject matter supporting the Kojak mythology puts the film right up there with any top civil rights documentary. I first saw it as the " The 3:30 movie" on channel seven in Chicago back in 74.I didn't know what I was looking at until I studied the King event. Abby Mann later wrote and directed "King" but this script is as close as you will get to a saturated gritty matter-of -fact telling of a story that still rightly embarrasses the legal system. I always wondered why the networks never bothered to show it again. I see why...and so will you.

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