Three generations of police chiefs for a southern town go about their jobs while a serial murderer operates.
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1983  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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 Hugh Holmes (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Foxy Funderburke (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Billy Lee (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Sonny Butts (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Carrie Lee (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Will Henry Lee (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Sheriff Skeeter Willis (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Trish Lee (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Tyler Watts (aka Joshua Cole) (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Hoss Spence (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Emmett Spence (2 episodes, 1983)
Kaiulani Lee ...
 Mrs. Butts (2 episodes, 1983)
Novella Nelson ...
 Nellie Cole (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Dr. Tom Manton (2 episodes, 1983)
James Brown Henderson ...
 Pieback Johnson (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Tommy Allen (2 episodes, 1983)
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Storyline

This series tells the story of a southern town's police chiefs and the serial murderer who confounds them. Will Henry Lee is the first chief, an easygoing man who works to establish the position while the murderer begins his havoc. The second is a violent racist who stumbles about his job as the murderer continues his. Tyler Watts is the final chief in the story, an African-American cop who must deal with the virulent racism of his community while he puts together the pieces to finally bring the murderer to justice. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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An epic adventure seeming with power, love and hatred.


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13 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Chefia  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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(video) | (3 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It is interesting to note that Tyler's wife, Liz, is worried that he will be recognized in Delano, since he grew up there...Her fears are well founded when Pieback Johnson, the town drunk, recognizes him, but no one makes anything of it. Later, when Tyler pulls over Hoss Spence, and Hoss attacks him with a cane, Tyler has flashbacks to when Hoss attacked him as a boy for spilling milk. However, Hoss should have recognized Tyler, and did not. See more »

Quotes

(Young) Joshua Cole: [Billy is moving, and must leave his horse behind] Don't worry, Billy... I'll take good care of Dapple, and that's a promise from me to you.
Billy Lee (Child): Give him a carrot every day... He like carrots.
(Young) Joshua Cole: I will... even if I have to steal one.
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Excellent adaptation.
28 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I still place Stuart Woods's "Chiefs" among the best police dramas ever written. Since I learned that a TV adaptation of the book was made, I've always wanted to see it, and, a few months ago, I finally bought the DVD release of the series. I actually did not expect much, but what I received surprised me - and it was a positive surprise. The series is an excellent adaptation of the novel and manages to do it justice, which is a rarity... as is the fact that very little of the book's plot is omitted. Certainly, some of the details - such as Will Henry's growing obsession with the mysterious murders, and the technical sides of his investigation - have to be treated superficially, but every important subplot and aspect of the book is present in the film; consequently, the series manages to be just as thrilling and involving as the novel. Amusingly enough, the credits on the box of the DVD misled me slightly - I assumed Charlton Heston, Keith Carradine and Billy Dee Williams would be playing the three chiefs, chronologically; of course, this is not the case.


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