When a wealthy scriptwriter and socialite's daughter is murdered, he feels let down by the courts, and so decides to use his powerful position to enable his own form of justice.

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(as Billy Hale)

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(novel), (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Gus Bailey
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Ruby Nolte Renthall
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Lil Van Degan Altemus
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Elias Renthall
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Bernard Slatkin
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Hubert Altemus
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Justine Altemus Slatkin
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Peach Prindible Bailey
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Juanito Perez
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Rebecca Bailey
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Lefty Flint
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Dodo Fitz Allen
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Lord Lucerne Biedermeyer
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Cora Mandell
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Violet Bastito (as Margaret Gibson)
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When a wealthy scriptwriter and socialite's daughter is murdered, he feels let down by the courts, and so decides to use his powerful position to enable his own form of justice.

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13 May 1990 (USA)  »

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A felső tízezer  »

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Trivia

Nevel, the name of the dress designer in the series and the book is based on Scassi, whose brand name is his real last name Isaacs, spelled backwards. See more »

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The butterflies released at the Renthall's ball are clearly animated. They are replaced in close shots by stiff silk models. See more »

Quotes

Lil Van Degan Altemus: I don't know how my dear brother will take this announcement.
Justine Altemus Slatkin: Well, he'll just have to keep a stiff upper lip. that shouldn't be difficult for Uncle Lawrence, should it?
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a great mini series based on a popular book
9 August 2017 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I love this miniseries starting with the theme music and the cast. A glamorous cast and several very good subplots that involve murder, infidelity, high society, religious fanaticism, homosexual love, AIDS, snobbery and friendship all rolled into one four hour two parter. Ben Gazzara, Connie Selllica in her best ever role and Award winner for her role Eva Marie Saint as a horrible socialite that the audience will love to hate as I did are all excellent. I have not read the book and I assume that not everything in the book is covered here but that is what happens when books are made into movies, dealing with the time element that a movie has. The setting, New York's upper crust society is very well represented as is the snobbism that is a result of such a social scene. I believe that many of the characters including Ben Gazzara's writer are based on real life characters including the novelist Dominque Dunne who is himself part of the Jet set. I also believe that the film actress played by TV actress Ruta Lee is based on Elizabeth Taylor who became a major figure in the AIDS battle as does the actress in this story. I have to mention the lovely and wonderful Jean Simmons in a small but important role who adds her glamorous name and class to the proceedings and is a throwback to the Golden Age of Cinema from whence she come. Eva Marie Saint is a standout.


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