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17 November 1998 (USA) See more »
Fact-based story about the controversial conviction of Dr. Sam Sheppard (Peter Strauss) for the murder of his wife in Cleveland... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Peter Strauss ... Dr. Sam Sheppard

Henry Czerny ... Sam Reese Sheppard (segment "Chip")

Lindsay Frost ... Marilyn Sheppard

John Colicos ... Richard Eberling (in jail)

John Bourgeois ... Dr. Robert Sheppard
Bradley Reid ... Sam Reese - Age 7 / Age 10
Jonathan Kroeker ... Sam Reese - Age 17

Janet-Laine Green ... Ariane - Age 25 / Age 64
Ralph Small ... Terry Gilbert
Madhuri Bhatia ... Cayahoga County Coroner

Philip Craig ... Prosecutor Mahon

Nicole Crozier ... Alisa
James B. Douglas ... R.A. Sheppard

Roger Dunn ... Corrigan
Norma Edwards ... Ethel Sheppard

Fiona Highet ... Susan Hayes

Ken Kramer ... Samuel Gerber
Richard Partington ... Spen Houk
Gary Reineke ... Judge Blythin

Michael J. Reynolds ... Judge Suster
Stephen Walsh ... Older Lund

Nick Alachiotis ... Boston Bruiser

Marcia Bennett ... Motel Woman
David Bolt ... Russ Siler
Brandon Bone ... Bus Kid #1
Tyler Coker ... Bus Kid #2
Andrew Dolha ... Court Reporter

James Downing ... Anesthesiologist

Colin Doyle ... Young Lund
Domenico Fiore ... Jury Foreman (as Dom Fiore)
Mark-Cameron Fraser ... Young Eberling (as Mark Cameron Fraser)

John Friesen ... Former Guard

Patrick Gallagher ... Lou Romano

Carolyn Goff ... Pretty Nurse

Nicky Guadagni ... Conservative Debater
Vince Guerriero ... Prison Guard
Amanda Hancox ... Patient's Mother
Barry Kennedy ... Les Hoversten
Balázs Koós ... College Kid (as Balazs Koos)

Michael Eric Kramer ... Administrator (as Michael Kramer)
Trulie MacLeod ... Esther Houk (as Trulie Macleod)
Nancy McAlear ... O.R. Nurse (as Nancy Mcalear)
Patricia Moffatt ... Eleanor Blanchard (as Pat Moffatt)
Anna Pappas ... Flight Attendant
Nora Sheehan ... Mrs. Gilbert
Judy Sinclair ... Mrs. Avery
Heather Smith ... Candy Romano

Robin Ward ... Funeral Reporter
Scott Wickware ... Officer Exner
Timm Zemanek ... Pastor Demski

Directed by
Peter Levin 
Writing credits
Cynthia L. Cooper (book "Mockery of Justice: The True Story of the Sheppard Murder Case") and
Sam Reese Sheppard (book "Mockery of Justice: The True Story of the Sheppard Murder Case")

Adam Greenman (teleplay)

Produced by
Howard Braunstein .... executive producer
Yvonne E. Chotzen .... executive producer (as Yvonne Chotzen)
Adam Greenman .... producer
Michael Jaffe .... executive producer
William Jenner .... executive producer
Christine A. Sacani .... producer (as Christine Sacani)
Original Music by
Louis Febre 
Cinematography by
Frank Tidy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stephen Lawrence 
Production Design by
David Davis  (as Dave Davis)
Set Decoration by
Mike Harris 
Costume Design by
Trysha Bakker 
Makeup Department
David R. Beecroft .... key hair stylist (as David Beecroft)
Mario Cacioppo .... assistant makeup artist
Allison Gordin .... key makeup artist
Amanda Milne .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Alda Neves .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Margie Arnott .... second assistant art director
Mike Franklin .... set buyer
Jeffrey A. Melvin .... property master (as Jeff Melvin)
John Subotich .... lead set dresser (as John Subatich)
Brian Verhoog .... first assistant art director
Sound Department
Elma Bello .... dialogue editor
Greg Chapman .... sound mixer
Alison Clark .... supervising sound editor
Martin Lee .... re-recording mixer
David Rose .... re-recording mixer
Robert Scherer .... boom operator (as Robb Scherer)
Nick Alachiotis .... stunt actor
Rick Forsayeth .... stunt coordinator
Jamie Jones .... stunt double: Dr. Sam
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... gaffer
Gary Bower .... best boy grip
Hugh Brule .... dolly grip
Henri Fiks .... camera operator
Duane Gullison .... best boy electric
Rob Johnson .... key grip
Christopher Raucamp .... first assistant camera
Chirayouth Jim Saysana .... second assistant camera (as Chirayouth 'Jim' Saysana)
Greg Whiteside .... 24 frame video operator
John Medland .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tina Gerussi .... casting: Toronto
Lynn Kressel .... casting: USA
Donna Dupere .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ian Drummond .... assistant wardrobe designer
Gail Filman .... wardrobe mistress
Gersha Phillips .... assistant wardrobe designer
Editorial Department
Marc Roussel .... assistant editor
Alfredo Frasson .... film color timer (uncredited)
Location Management
Keith Park .... assistant location manager
Eric T. Snyder .... location manager (as Eric Snyder)
Transportation Department
John Ozlins .... transportation coordinator (as John Ozolins)
Other crew
Karen Chandler .... assistant accountant
Cynthia L. Cooper .... creative consultant
Janet Gayford .... production coordinator
Patricia Lambkin .... script supervisor
Peter Muldoon .... production accountant
Sam Reese Sheppard .... creative consultant
Greg Gabel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lynn Josephson Delaney .... executive assistant to producer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Death in the Shadows" - UK (imdb display title), USA (alternative title)
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95 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Despite the optimistic ending to this supposedly true account, a 2000 Ohio civil trial concluded that Sam Sheppard did in fact murder his wife. The trial is detailed in the nonfiction book "Dr. Sam Sheppard on Trial" by Jack DeSario and William Mason.See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Superb movie, 7 November 1999
Author: joelouis

Excellent movie. Don't miss it. I have always liked Peter Strauss acting but this is the best I have seen of him. Henry Czerny, playing the role of Dr. Sheppard's son trying to vindicate his father's memory, played also a terrific role. Very human emotional and inspiring story about father and son relationship among tragedy. The plot and direction couldn't be better.

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