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A Death of Innocence (1971)

A mother travels to New York to see her daughter who is awaiting trial for murder. The mother is totally convinced of her daughter's innocence and does all she can to help her. As the trial... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Zelda Popkin (novel), Joseph Stefano
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shelley Winters ... Elizabeth Cameron
Arthur Kennedy ... Mark Hirsch
John Randolph ... Charles Cameron
Harold Gould ... Alexander Weisberg
Antoinette Bower ... Cara Fellman
Peggy McCay ... Helen McCloud
Richard Bright ... Jimmy Rekko
Tony Young ... Joe La Cossit
Ann Sothern ... Annie La Cossit
Tisha Sterling ... Buffie Cameron
Don Keefer ... Medical Examiner
Doreen Lang Doreen Lang ... Macy Fingerhut
Pilar Seurat Pilar Seurat ... Miss Santiago
Regis Cordic ... Judge Morahan
Marc Hannibal ... Mr. Stewart
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A mother travels to New York to see her daughter who is awaiting trial for murder. The mother is totally convinced of her daughter's innocence and does all she can to help her. As the trial progresses however, the mother begins to have doubts. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muerte de la inocencia See more »

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Production Co:

CBS See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ann Sothern was a last-minute replacement for Kim Stanley, who was too physically fragile to do the small role, which had been gotten for her by Shelley Winters as a favor. Sothern stepped in because her daughter Tisha Sterling was also in the film. See more »

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An excellent portrait of an antisocial-dependent personality disorder.
21 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This story is an interesting portrait of a really evil young lady and what makes it more interesting is that it's seen through the eyes of her very naive parents. The story begins with the parents (Shelly Winters and John Randolph) flying to New York City to meet with a lawyer (Arthur Kennedy). It seems their daughter Buffy (Tisha Sterling) is being held for murder and the parents are absolutely positive it's all a misunderstanding, as their sweet girl never could have done anything so wretched. However, through the course of the film, the mother starts to see another side to her daughter--a side that seems far more concerned about her boyfriend (also charged with murder) and whose biggest concern is what her parents can buy her!

This is an excellent film and it is an excellent look at what would no doubt be considered a Depent Personality with Antisocial features (or, possibly an Antisocial AND Dependent Personality). I used to be a psychotherapist and unfortunately worked with many people like this. Such a person is an individual whose sole concern is the person they depend upon---other things just aren't important. What their partner wants or demands, they do. And, since they also are antisocial (since they lack a conscience), they don't mind using or killing someone in order to keep the person loving them. In essence, if the man (or woman in many other cases) says 'kill'....they do, lest they lose the man because they disobeyed! Sick? Absolutely...and absolutely detestable. But the way the film let this out slowly and showing the mother's reaction...that what made this a very special made for TV movie. Very well done and chilling to see a murderer with this little regard for her actions.


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