In early twentieth-century Atlanta, the murder of a young girl prompts strong reactions from the community, and ultimately leads to the arrest of a man who may actually be innocent.




Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Series cast summary:
 Gov. John Slaton (2 episodes, 1988)
 Hugh Dorsey (2 episodes, 1988)
 Tom Watson (2 episodes, 1988)
 Leo Frank (2 episodes, 1988)
 Sally Slaton (2 episodes, 1988)
 Lucille Frank (2 episodes, 1988)
 William Burns (2 episodes, 1988)
 Jim Conley (2 episodes, 1988)
 Wes Brent (2 episodes, 1988)
 Doreen (2 episodes, 1988)
 Luther Rosser (2 episodes, 1988)
Thomas Anderson
(2 episodes, 1988)
(2 episodes, 1988)
 Coroner (2 episodes, 1988)
(2 episodes, 1988)
Beeson Carroll
(2 episodes, 1988)
William C. Crawford ...
 Witness (2 episodes, 1988)
David Cromwell
(2 episodes, 1988)
 Annie Maude Carter (2 episodes, 1988)
William Duff-Griffin
(2 episodes, 1988)
Jennifer East
(2 episodes, 1988)
Barbara Eda-Young ...
 Mrs. Phagan (2 episodes, 1988)
Gwyllum Evans
(2 episodes, 1988)
Carl Gordon
(2 episodes, 1988)
Sam Gray ...
 Sigmond Montag (2 episodes, 1988)
Richard Hamilton
(2 episodes, 1988)
 Newt Lee (2 episodes, 1988)
 Randy (2 episodes, 1988)
 Alonzo (2 episodes, 1988)
(2 episodes, 1988)
William Newman
(2 episodes, 1988)
Owen Rachleff
(2 episodes, 1988)
(2 episodes, 1988)
Fred Sadoff
(2 episodes, 1988)
(2 episodes, 1988)
Brian Smiar
(2 episodes, 1988)
(2 episodes, 1988)
Jimmie Ray Weeks
(2 episodes, 1988)
Nicholas Wyman ...
 Lund (2 episodes, 1988)
 Mary Phagan (2 episodes, 1988)


From a true story. In Atlanta in 1913, a 13-year-old girl is murdered in the factory where she works. The factory manager, a Jew named Leo Frank, is convicted and sentenced to hang. Georgia Governor John Slaton suspects that Frank may have been railroaded by public desire for revenge and hatred of Frank's religion and northern (US) ties. But as a rising politician, Slaton also knows that to violate such strong public opinion by questioning the judgment would be political suicide. Will his conscience overcome his ambition? Written by Ken Yousten <>

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1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinato de Mary Phagan  »

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Excellent movie and Excellent dramatiation of actual events
17 February 2004 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Just finished reading "And the Dead Shall Rise", the book about the murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank. I thought the film did a great job at attempting to bring the story to the film medium, even accepting the dramatic license that the film-makers took (had to take, really) to fit the story into 4 hours.

Being a transplanted Yankee, and now a resident of Atlanta, I thought the filmakers did a terrific job at trying to get the nuances (sp) of the South across. Atlanta is a wonderful place to live, but the echos of past prejudices can be seen and heard in her history.

This film, attempts (and succeeds more often than not) to show the mentality of the almost-next-generation-after-the-civil-war populace. Many of whom disparaged all people of color, races other than white, and (perhaps even more so) Yankees. Then there is poor Leo Frank, a Yank and a Jew.

The singing of hymns and the song about Mary Phagan, mentioned in one other review, was believable to me. I've lived in Mississippi, Texas and now Georgia, and I find it historically accurate from what I've experienced of the South. I think it would have added a deal to illustrating this if the producers had included some of the hideously vile comments from Watson's newspapers during the events of the time. There was some incredible stuff printed and bought up - ate up - by the majority of the people of Georgia. Watson had SO much to answer for.

I recomend the film, but would add that a reading of the book (mentioned above) before viewing it would add to the viewer's appreciation as well as provide in-depth background to the telling of the tragedy. As well, the book adds more about the identities of the famous and infamous involved in the trial and lynching. Moreover, there are a few 'heroes' who did quite a bit in the interest of justice that seem to have been rolled into single characters for the sake of movie-making. You learn more about all of these people, too. And the rise of the New KKK and Jewish Anti-Defamation League from the results of what happened in Georgia.

The worst of the short-cuts that the movie took, IMO, was the way they had the lynch party seem to give Leo Frank dignified treatment after they hanged him. Truthfully, they left him there, and more than 3000 people rushed to the site the next day - many having their pictures taken with his body still hanginh there. Finally, after his shirt sleeves were cut off as souvenirs, (and more attempted) the killers moved him, succeeding only after one rather rabid man had smashed the dead mans's face with his boot heel several times.

But all-in-all, a faithful as Hollywood ever gets it, telling of the story.

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