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
Bribery. Bloodshed. Now ... Justice.
Did You Know?
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
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
J. C. Otwell
But Lamar, John Wallace . . . he just about owns Meriwether County.
This ain't Meriwether.