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Murder in Coweta County (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama  -  15 February 1983 (USA)
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In 1948, in rural Georgia, Coweta County is watched over by its legendary, indomitable Sheriff Lamar Potts (Johnny Cash). No felony had ever gone unsolved while Sheriff Potts was in charge.... See full summary »

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Lamar Potts
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John Wallace
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J.H. Potts
Ed Van Nuys ...
Huddleston
Robert Schenkkan ...
Wilson Turner
Jo Henderson ...
Josephine Wallace
Daniel Keyes ...
Elzie Hancock
Danny Nelson ...
Sheriff Hardy Collier
Norman Matlock ...
Albert Brooks
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Robert Lee Gates
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Mayhayley Lancaster
James Neal ...
A. L. Henson
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Steve Smith
Dan Biggers ...
Judge Boykin
Marc Clement ...
J. C. Otwell
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In 1948, in rural Georgia, Coweta County is watched over by its legendary, indomitable Sheriff Lamar Potts (Johnny Cash). No felony had ever gone unsolved while Sheriff Potts was in charge. In the next county, though, there is a vast estate known as "The Kingdom." It's ruled by one man, John Wallace (Andy Griffith), whose power is absolute and beyond the law. But when Wallace chases one of his underlings to deliver ruthless punishment, he makes a critical mistake. He crosses over into Coweta County... Sheriff Potts' territory. This is the compelling true story of the man who ran the Kingdom, and the man who brought him down. Written by Dick Atkins

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Bribery. Bloodshed. Now ... Justice.

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15 February 1983 (USA)  »

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The film is based on a real incident that happened in 1948, and resulted in the first time in the history of the state of Georgia where a white man was given the death sentence upon the testimony of two black men. See more »

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The wall clock in the execution room is an electronic digital clock because the second hand jumps to advance one second at a time. A wind up clock from that era would not have a second hand. An electric clock would show a second hand that moves at a constant steady angular velocity. See more »

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Lamar Potts: Hello John. I'm about ready to leave. Thought I'd drop by and see if there's anything you might need?
John Wallace: Ya mean, like a fancy last meal? No, I wouldn't want you to go hunting fried chicken and strawberry pie today, and then, tomorrow I wind up eating supper at my own house. It ain't gonna happen, they ain't gonna kill me. There'll be a phone call, always has been.
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John Wallace: You know, Lamar ... we're a lot alike ... each running his own county, having power over other men ...best feeling in the ...
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The facts of the movie are that the non-bigoted aspect of the movie is not about the murder of a young black man.
12 September 2003 | by (Memphis, TN USA) – See all my reviews

This movie was notable for the sense that the word of a black man about what he witnessed and participated in, namely the burning and disposing of ashes of the body of the young white farmhand, who was killed for stealing cattle in the domain of Griffith's Wallace character. It is quite difficult to call a fact-based movie an allegory for a fictional tale, but the similarities are there. Truth be told, however Cash's Sheriff Potts' strength and honesty, to the point of protecting a family of blacks in pre-Civil Rights Georgia was remarkable in Southern law enforcement, especially RURAL law enforcement. Sheriffs and Supervisors were cash cows for the office-holders, much as the warden and correction officers in Shawshank Redemption. Beyond all this is the strength of the two leads. Griffith seemed eager to shed the skin of Andy Taylor once and for all, and this movie did that for me. Cash showed the side of himself that only his friends knew, the soft-spoken but firm Southern man who took no guff from people who broke the law, no matter their station in life. Interesting film, and in the terms of made-for-TV predating cable's dedication to excellence, this movie rates a 10.


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