Three generations of police chiefs for a southern town go about their jobs while a serial murderer operates.




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


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 <>

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An epic adventure seeming with power, love and hatred.


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Release Date:

13 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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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A Great Story
27 July 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is definitely one story I wish someone would either release on DVD or show on television again. This is a wonderful story that shows is a wonderful look at how life was in the south as shown through the eyes of three generations of police chiefs. Wayne Rogers is great in his role as the first chief, Will Henry Lee, and Brad Davis is great as the racist chief Sonny Butts. However, Billy Dee Williams gives an outstanding performance as Chief Tyler Watts (aka Joshua Cole), the chief who manages to break the case that had been dogging the town for years. Also, Keith Carradine plays the perfect killer in Foxy. His portrayal of the maniacal serial killer really gave you the impression that he had a dark side. But the performance that really surprised me was Charleton Heston as town founder, Hugh Holmes. Normally, I'm not the biggest fan of Mr. Heston, but he turned out an outstanding performance as the man who is the tie to the three generations of police chiefs. This mini-series is definitely a classic.

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