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This is the story of the doctor whose farm John Wilkes Booth went to after assassinating Abraham Lincoln... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dennis Weaver ... Dr. Samuel A. Mudd

Susan Sullivan ... Frances Mudd

Richard Dysart ... Edwin Stanton
Michael McGuire ... Captain Murdock

Nigel Davenport ... Colonel George Grenfell
Arthur Hill ... General Thomas Ewing
Larry Larson ... Thorpe
Mary Nell Santacroce ... Ellen Stanton
Clarence Thomas ... Nathaniel
Bill Gribble ... John Wilkes Booth

Luke Halpin ... Herrold

Lawrence Montaigne ... Judge Holt
Bill Hindman ... President Andrew Johnson
Stuart Culpepper ... Boone
Kent Stephens ... Zachary
Roy Tatum ... Lt. Lovett
Jim Peck ... General Harris
Joe Dorsey ... General Trafe
Richard Andrew ... Dr. Ellis
Greg Oliver ... Louis Weichmann

Bill Eudaly ... Daniel Thomas
Don Devendorf ... George Mudd
Tony Kish ... William Watson
Fred Covington ... Attorney Lake
George De Vries ... Waters (as George DeVries)
Skip Foster ... DeCampo
Jere Beery ... Prison Guard
Richard Reiner ... Prison Guard
Anthony Edenfield ... Escaped Prisoner
Harold Bergman ... Undersecretary
Don Ferguson ... Guard on Ship
Terry Beaver ... Union Sergeant
Teddy Milford ... Andrew Mudd
Angela Tully ... Sissy Mudd
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Ahern ... Union soldier #1 (uncredited)

Dan Chandler ... Master sergeant (uncredited)
Ilse Earl ... Screaming woman (uncredited)
Ryan Grady ... Thomas Mudd, age 3 (uncredited)
David Hamilton ... Sam Jr. age 4 (uncredited)
Pat Hurley ... Patient #1 (uncredited)
Panos Eli Karatassos ... Sam Jr., age 1 (uncredited)
Charles Kaufman ... Jones (uncredited)
Don Kovacs ... Officer Lloyd (uncredited)
Tommy Lane ... Capt. Longheart (uncredited)
Charles Lawlor ... Jones (uncredited)
Melonie Martin ... Sissy Mudd age 7 (uncredited)
Earl Miller ... Thomas Mudd age 6 (uncredited)
Jack Norhanian ... Guard #5 (uncredited)
Mark Rand ... Andrew Mudd age 9 (uncredited)
Wallace Wilkinson ... D.C. prison guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Wendkos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Berk 
Douglas Schwartz 

Produced by
Michael Berk .... producer
Paul B. Radin .... executive producer (as Paul Radin)
Douglas Schwartz .... producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
Cinematography by
Héctor R. Figueroa (director of photography) (as Hector Figueroa)
Film Editing by
Ken Zemke  (as Kenneth W. Zemke)
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Jack De Shields 
Set Decoration by
Ira Bates 
Makeup Department
Janice D. Brandow .... hair stylist (as Janis Brandow)
Mario Gonzales .... makeup artist
Tom Miller .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard L. O'Connor .... executive in charge of production
James Potter .... post-production supervisor
Bill Watkins .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Hargrove .... first assistant director (as Bob Hargrove)
Chris Soldo .... second assistant director
Art Department
Joe Longo .... property master
Sound Department
Ray Barons .... production sound mixer
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects editor (as William H. Wistrom)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Rust .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael R. Faeth .... wardrobe (as Michael Faeth)
Gilda Texter .... wardrobe
Music Department
Tom Carlin .... music editor
Transportation Department
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Gene Kraft .... title designer
Stratton Leopold .... location manager
Marjorie Mullen .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:145 min
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Did You Know?

Dr. Samuel Mudd was released after serving 3 years, 7 months, and 12 days on America's Devil's Island.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The Secretary of War implies that Dr. Mudd is said to have inspired the saying "your name is mud." However, the first verified, recorded use of the phrase was ten years before Dr. Samuel Mudd was born.See more »
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
harrowing, 3 July 2002
Author: dtucker86 from Germany

I have always been a fan of history especially the Lincoln assassination. I had previously written of how much I enjoyed The Day Lincoln Was Shot. Almost twenty years earlier, this film told the story of one of the players in this tragedy. What happened to Doctor Mudd was a terrible miscarriage of justice because he was only a doctor doing his duty who had nothing to do with Lincoln's assassination. This film captures the terrible mood in the country after the tragedy where reason took a back seat and there was a terrible desire for vengeance and not justice. This film is harrowing in its depiction of Mudds nightmare. Forced before a military tribunal of perjured testimony and convicted on fabricated evidence, torn from his loving family and sentenced to the living hell of the Dry Tortugas prison, America's Devils Island. Weaver does a wonderful acting job in conveying this man's anguish and at the same time his determination to survive and be reunited with his loving family. I am glad they presented a fair balanced portrait of this mans case especially when they showed his heroic efforts to care for the sick and dying soldiers at the Fort during the yellow fever outbreak. LA Laws Richard Dysart gives a creepy performance as the villanous secretary of war Stanton. The Iran hostage crisis was going on at the time this movie came out in March of 1980 and he sort of reminded me of the Ayatollah Khomeni. Susan Sullivan gives a wonderful performance as Mudd's loving and courageous wife who stands by her man. There is hardly a film I have ever seen that had a more happy ending. THe courageous and loving woman manages to work a miracle and Doctor Mudd's hellish ordeal is over at last.

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