The trial of an Aspen man accused of the rape and murder of a teenager.






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Complete series cast summary:
 Tom Keating (3 episodes, 1977)
 Lee Bishop (3 episodes, 1977)
 Carl Osborne (3 episodes, 1977)
 Max Kendrick (3 episodes, 1977)
 Abe Singer (3 episodes, 1977)
 Alex Budde (3 episodes, 1977)
 Kit Kendrick (3 episodes, 1977)
Doug Heyes Jr. ...
 Jon Osborne (3 episodes, 1977)
 Budd Townsend (3 episodes, 1977)
 Owen Keating (3 episodes, 1977)
 Gloria Osborne (3 episodes, 1977)
Michael Carr ...
 Harry Rodano (3 episodes, 1977)
Maralee Beck ...
 Herself (TV Interviewer) / ... (3 episodes, 1977)
 Joan Carolinian (2 episodes, 1977)
 Sam Dinehart (2 episodes, 1977)
 Joseph Merrill Drummond (2 episodes, 1977)
 Coker (2 episodes, 1977)
 Judge Miles Kendrick (2 episodes, 1977)
Angus Duncan ...
 Len Ralston (2 episodes, 1977)
James O'Connell ...
 Dan Malatesta (2 episodes, 1977)
 Miss Malatta (2 episodes, 1977)
Todd Martin ...
 Court Clerk (2 episodes, 1977)
Connie Kreski ...
 Jacqueline Camerovsky (2 episodes, 1977)


This sprawling miniseries details the trial of Lee Bishop, an Aspen man who was arrested, tried and sentenced to die for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl--a crime for which Bishop is not guilty. As the years pass and Bishop sits on death row, his attorney, Tom Keating, does everything in his power to clear Bishop's name and find the true killer. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Aspen is love! Aspen is mystery! Aspen is glamor! Aspen is murder!


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5 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Innocent and the Damned  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Five of the leading actors in this mini-series shed their shirts to perform "beefcake" scenes: Sam Elliott, Perry King, Anthony Franciosa, Bo Hopkins, and Doug Heyes jr. See more »


Owen Keating: Tom, don't you ever turn that big, ugly voice of yours loose on me. You won't have a human for a friend, you beller that way.
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Flawed and foolish
26 April 2012 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This lushly-mounted mini-series -- shown over three nights back in November of 1977 -- is based on two separate and unrelated novels: Bart Spicer's "The Adversary" and Burt Hirschfeld's "Aspen." These origins may explain why the mini-series persists in telling two stories which never quite come together and do little to support or illuminate each other. There's the story of a powerful land developer who uses heavy- handed methods to force his plans onto the fabric of a small town, and then there's the story of a headline-grabbing rape-and-murder trial. The former story is trite and obvious; the latter tempts and teases but never satisfies, even after its solution is finally revealed. The resulting product can be labeled a "time-killer" but it lacks the necessary flair which might have pushed it into the "guilty pleasure" category. Star-watchers will see plenty of largely second-string names paraded in front of them, but none of these actors make much of an impression and all of them are clearly in this just for a paycheck. Fans of "cheesecake" won't find much to savor but there's plenty of bare chests for the "beefcake" crowd. Sam Elliott, Perry King, Tony Franciosa, Bo Hopkins, and Doug Heyes jr. all find opportunities to take off their shirts and display their pecs. Elliott (hairy) and Heyes (smooth) look especially good.

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