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Tom King (story)
Ernest Kinoy (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 March 1977 (USA) See more »
Gerry Miller, a professional hockey player, gives in to internal and outside pressures and adopts a more aggressive style on the ice... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Whatever Happened To Michael Moriarty?
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  (in credits order)

Michael Moriarty ... Gerry Miller

Kevin Conway ... George Graff

Meryl Streep ... Sharon Miller
Sully Boyar ... Tom Feeney

Jill Eikenberry ... Carole Eskanazi
Walter McGinn ... District Attorney Horace Meade

Mason Adams ... Bill Cavins
Paul D'Amato ... Dave Eskanazi
Ron Weyand ... Judge Reinhardt
Frank Bongiorno ... Rene Beauvois
Mel Boudrot ... Coach Bryant
Rudy Hornish ... Walters
Dino Narizzano ... Referee Merritt
Alan North ... Detective Forscher
George Petrie ... President MacCloud
Scott Bruno ... Moline Player

Bob Dio ... Kenny

Suzanne Ford ... Miss Converse
Neil Napolitan ... Court Clerk
D.H. Robinson ... Pete
Jerry Reid ... Coach MacInerny

Andrew Duggan ... Al Miller

Patrick O'Neal ... Bertram Fowler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Moran ... Eddie Miller
Tom Quinn ... Trainer Doyle
Ian Stuart ... Jury Foreman

Directed by
Robert Markowitz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom King  story
Ernest Kinoy  screenplay
Ernest Kinoy  story

Produced by
Robert Berger .... producer
Herbert Brodkin .... executive producer
Thomas De Wolfe .... associate producer
Original Music by
Dick Hyman 
Cinematography by
Alan Metzger 
Film Editing by
Stephen A. Rotter 
Art Direction by
Richard Bianchi 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
Makeup Department
Mike Maggi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bruce S. Pustin .... production manager
Sound Department
Maurice Schell .... sound editor
Editorial Department
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter

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USA:98 min | Canada:98 min
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Meryl Streep's film debut.See more »


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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Unusual excellence in a TV movie, 22 September 2004
Author: david-greene5 from North Huntingdon, PA, U.S.A.

In "The Deadliest Season", we have yet another example of a fine film which is sadly missing from the home video market. Made-for-TV movies are so often under-rehearsed, undistinguished productions wherein the characters portrayed are rarely striking or memorable. All the lead players in this film deliver standout performances which give their characterizations the feel of real, highly distinctive individuals. The cinematography, lacking the slick, glossy quality of so many big-budget features, is nonetheless effective in conveying an almost "documentary" feeling which seems to add to the feeling that one is viewing a slice of reality. Michael Moriarty digs deep for his scenes of high emotion which climax the film, far deeper than one ever expects in the TV-movie genre. One is mesmerized by the fine details of his portrayal of a hockey player, without much education, a simple kind of guy but with much decency and no will to harm anyone. The central issue of violence in professional sports remains an important concern today. Such films as this one intensify my frustration that there is no way to ferret out information as to who holds the rights to such titles. One wants so badly to appeal directly to such parties, begging them to release a decent DVD version of the movie.

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