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

Series cast summary:
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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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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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Although the state where Delano is located is never revealed, One might believe it is in South Carolina since the shots of the inside of the state house show palmetto trees in the lobby. The palmetto tree is the state tree of South Carolina. See more »

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Hugh Holmes: My name is Hugh Holmes and I like to think of Delano as my town.
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absolutely riveting with strong visuals
30 March 2006 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

My entire family was riveted to the "Chiefs". I feel that it is one of the best written and casted films to this day. I'd promote this movie until I die. It was intelligently written, eluding to hideous crimes without the overkill of blood and gore. Anyone that appreciates old cars, old cycles and vivid acting would benefit to rent, buy or borrow Chiefs. I like to tell anyone that will listen that they will be on the edge of their seats for most of the movie. I was a teenager when it came on TV. To this day I can remember how I felt during the 'handlebar scene'. Sad to say, this movie's plot is the first thing I think of every time I hear of a disappearance or kidnapping in the real world. I'd rate this as one movie I would want on my TV line up once a year. A remake is in order if it could be cast with such strong actors again.


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