The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)

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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.

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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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24 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Asesinato de Mary Phagan  »

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At one point, Lucille (Rebecca Miller) visits Leo (Peter Gallagher) in prison and tells him: "Seems like we spend the best part of our time just saying goodbye." This line is almost identical to the famous one spoken by Angela (Elizabeth Taylor) to George (Montgomery Clift) when she visits him in prison for the last time in A Place in the Sun (1951), which was directed by George Stevens, the father of this film's co-writer and producer, George Stevens Jr.. See more »


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Well acted, interesting but over long
10 September 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this as a 4 hour movie on UK tv. As it was based on a true story I found it very interesting and most of the 4 hours seemed to go very quick - although some bits did seem to drag on. The acting is excellent in most places and it's fun to see big names back before they were famous (Macy, Gallagher and Spacey). William H Macy doesn't really do very much, Spacey hangs around and does well enough, Lemmon is great but Peter Gallagher does better than I've ever seen him be as the manager of the factory where the murder occurs.

All in all, a well acted story that manages to keep you interested but over one 4 hour sitting can be quite hard work at times.

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