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Word of Honor (1981)

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A reporter refuses to reveal his source in the case of the murder of a young girl. As a result, he and his family are shunned by the residents of the small town in which they live. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike McNeill
Maggie McNeill
David Lerner
Largo Woodruff ...
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Dist. Atty. Burke (as Jeff DeMunn)
Henderson Forsythe ...
Gordon Agee
Dan Lounsbery
Denise McNeil
John Beem
Carole Morisseau
(as Tom Mahard)


A reporter refuses to reveal his source in the case of the murder of a young girl. As a result, he and his family are shunned by the residents of the small town in which they live. Virtually no one comes to his daughter's wedding, and at his office, the police search his desk, and his boss threatens to fire him. Written by Mike Hatchett <>

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6 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Avslöjandet  »

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The film begins with a concert in Plymouth's Kellogg park. Originally, the local high school band was to perform, but the director felt that they sounded too "professional". He opted to use a less-polished small community band instead. In fact, this same band performed at the location every Thursday evening during summer months. See more »

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Decent, if unspectacular, TV movie
8 June 2004 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

In the aftermath of sensationalistic TV movies that have come down the pike since this one, a bit of the sting has worn off and it comes across as rather simple now. Still, some good acting and a solid moral viewpoint help make it worthwhile entertainment. Malden plays a reporter who receives an anonymous tip about the whereabouts of a missing teen girl. The tip leads him and the police to a prominent citizen who has been kidnapping, raping and sometimes killing various stray girls. Problem is, the only way to make the charges stick is for Malden to reveal his source to the judge, but he gave his word that he would never do so. Thus, he becomes a town pariah and his wife and three daughters find themselves paying a price for his silence. Malden gives a typically strong, effective performance. The movie is pretty much a showcase of his considerable talents. McClanahan, however, as the wife, gets in a couple of good licks as well. Silver gives weight to his minor role of a visiting reporter covering the brouhaha and Malkovich makes his screen debut as the fiancee of one of Malden's daughters. What's contrived is how there just happen to be events, desires and so on of the family which are cruelly stomped out as a result of this issue (loan refusals, rejected auditions, wedding snubs, etc...) It gets to be a little unbelievable, but thanks to a cast that is mostly rooted in reality, it comes across pretty well and winds up being a moving film. (It, thankfully, has no sign of the hyper-kinetic violence, faux-terror, rain-soaked revenge aspects which have overrun virtually all TV movies since the late-80's!)

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