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 <kyousten@bev.net>

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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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Riveting television drama
8 September 2000 | by (Calgary, AB, Canada) – See all my reviews

This program boasts a great cast, but more importantly it is a textbook case of how a television drama should be mounted. An intriguing but basic courtroom drama that takes on greater significance as the plot develops. Fine characterizations abound in this production. It doesn't get much better than this.


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