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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 Foxy Funderburke 3 episodes, 1983
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 Carrie Lee 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
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 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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(video) | (3 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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John Howell: You were a good friend of Roosevelt's, weren't you sir?
Hugh Holmes: I was an unshakable admirer of FDR's... Completely convinced he was ruining the country.
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A Great Story

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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