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When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (1978)

This film concentrates on attorney (Dean Jones) and his 9-year-old daughter (Katy Kurtzman). Responding to Katy's fervent pleas, Jones takes on the case of mute handyman Geoffrey Lewis, who has been accused of murder.

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Dan Curtis

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Dan Curtis (story), Lee Hutson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Ed Cooper
Louise Sorel ... Millie Cooper
Chris Petersen Chris Petersen ... Daniel Cooper
Katy Kurtzman ... Sarah Cooper
Harris Yulin ... Prosecutor Joseph T. Antonelli
Geoffrey Lewis ... Albert Cavanaugh - The Snowman
Scott Brady ... Officer Michael Doyle
Ben Piazza ... Herman Grasser
Henry Wilcoxon ... Judge Henry J. Wheeler
Eric Shea ... Red Doyle
Michael Pataki ... Robert Najarian
Woodrow Parfrey ... Dr. Alexander Moss
H.B. Haggerty ... Casey
Moosie Drier Moosie Drier ... Howie Martin
Scott K. Ratner Scott K. Ratner ... Dave Zimmer (as Scott Kimble)
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This film concentrates on attorney (Dean Jones) and his 9-year-old daughter (Katy Kurtzman). Responding to Katy's fervent pleas, Jones takes on the case of mute handyman Geoffrey Lewis, who has been accused of murder.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anklagen See more »

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Dan Curtis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Too bad they don't make TV movies like these anymore.
28 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"When Every Day Was the Fourth of July" is a made for TV movie---and an excellent one at that. In many ways, it seems reminiscent of "To Kill a Mockingbird" but if you can believe the epilogue, it's based on true events.

The story is set in New England in 1937. A young girl comes to befriend a mute man who others make fun of and call 'Snowman' because of his white hair. However, when Snowman is accused of murder, the child appeals to her father (Dean Jones) to defend the man in court. Much of the film consists of this tense trial as well as the eventual discovery of the true reason for the murder.

Overall, this is a very well made film--the sort of TV movie they just don't make anymore. The acting is really very nice (especially for child actors) and Jones is just terrific. The story is also nice and engaging--a food one for the entire family without being saccharine. Sadly, however, although I loved this film, two years later they made another with mostly different people (other than Jones) playing the same characters--and it just wasn't nearly as good. Both are available together on DVD.


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