When a first-classman's insignia is found on the riverbank near the drowned body of plebe David Hand, the specter of murder casts a shadow of scandal across the U.S. Grant Military Academy.... See full summary »




Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
 Judge Hand 2 episodes, 1986
 Rysam 'Ry' Slaight 2 episodes, 1986
 Gen. Axel Rylander 2 episodes, 1986
 David Hand 2 episodes, 1986
 Elizabeth Hand 2 episodes, 1986
 Gen. Charles Hedges 2 episodes, 1986
 Mrs. Iris Rylander 2 episodes, 1986
 Col. King 2 episodes, 1986
 Maj. Clifford Bassett 2 episodes, 1986
 Sgt. Oliphant 2 episodes, 1986
 Maj. Consor 2 episodes, 1986
Peter Nelson ...
 Mrs. Loerna Tutwiler 2 episodes, 1986
 Hank Beaumont 2 episodes, 1986
 Cullinan 2 episodes, 1986
David Harum ...
 Cadet Barham 2 episodes, 1986
Steve Kosko ...
 Area Sergeant 2 episodes, 1986
Patricia Herd ...
 Secretary 2 episodes, 1986
Rick Goldman ...
Arthur French ...
 AIA Agent 2 episodes, 1986
 AIA Agent 2 episodes, 1986
 Hedge's Secretary 2 episodes, 1986
Patrik Baldauff ...
 AIA Agent 2 episodes, 1986
 AIA Agent 2 episodes, 1986


When a first-classman's insignia is found on the riverbank near the drowned body of plebe David Hand, the specter of murder casts a shadow of scandal across the U.S. Grant Military Academy. General Hedges, the headmaster of the school, is determined to keep the beleaguered school out of the headlines and attempts to cover-up the likelihood of murder by wielding his considerable influence to pass it off as a simple drowning. This is done in spite of forensic reports that show that, shortly before his death, David Hand participated in "consensual sexual relations" with another man. Letters from the dead boy, which the Army Intelligence Department "confiscates" from his sister's New York apartment, implicate Ry Slaight as the first-classman with whom David was in love. As General Hedges says, "You cannot have a murder without a murderer." He offers Slaight the opportunity to "go quietly" which means he would be washed out into the infantry and quickly bound for Vietnam. Professing his ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

9 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La divisa strappata  »

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1.33 : 1
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In 1980, producer Richard Roth announced this as a major movie to be directed by Lindsay Anderson. See more »


During the search for Cadet Hand's body, the helicopter pilot spots the body in the river. Hand's head is above water, over a log, and his neck is arched, with his head looking forward. When the divers get to the body, Hand's head is face down in the water. See more »

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Dress Gray - A Unique 1980s Experience
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Alec Baldwin stars in this TV miniseries about the murder of a gay cadet in a military academy, and he stands accused and has to clear his name. I didn't know what to expect, but this played out more like a political thriller than a drama, especially Part 2, with the investigation and dealing with the people who were tailing Alec and his girlfriend. A lot of older celebrities star in this and are good, but some like Alexis Smith were given literally nothing to do. Hal Holbrook is very memorable, and Eddie Albert was given a rare dramatic role as the victim's father who didn't know he was gay. Some reviewers say there was too much talking and that this could have been much shorter. Maybe. But on the whole, this seemed to be an exceptional miniseries with outstanding, full-force performances by all.

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