Three generations of police chiefs for a southern town go about their jobs while a serial murderer operates.
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1983  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Charlton Heston ...  Hugh Holmes 3 episodes, 1983
Keith Carradine ...  Foxy Funderburke 3 episodes, 1983
Stephen Collins ...  Billy Lee 3 episodes, 1983
Brad Davis ...  Sonny Butts 3 episodes, 1983
Tess Harper ...  Carrie Lee 3 episodes, 1983
Wayne Rogers ...  Will Henry Lee 3 episodes, 1983
Paul Sorvino ...  Sheriff Skeeter Willis 3 episodes, 1983
Victoria Tennant ...  Trish Lee 3 episodes, 1983
Billy Dee Williams ...  Tyler Watts (aka Joshua Cole) 3 episodes, 1983
Lane Smith ...  Hoss Spence 3 episodes, 1983
Leo Burmester ...  Emmett Spence 2 episodes, 1983
Kaiulani Lee ...  Mrs. Butts 2 episodes, 1983
Novella Nelson ...  Nellie Cole 2 episodes, 1983
J. Kenneth Campbell ...  Dr. Tom Manton 2 episodes, 1983
James Brown Henderson James Brown Henderson ...  Pieback Johnson 2 episodes, 1983
Leon Rippy ...  Tommy Allen 2 episodes, 1983
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Storyline

This series tells the story of a southern town's police chiefs and the serial murderer who confounds them. Will Henry Lee is the first chief, an easygoing man who works to establish the position while the murderer begins his havoc. The second is a violent racist who stumbles about his job as the murderer continues his. Tyler Watts is the final chief in the story, an African-American cop who must deal with the virulent racism of his community while he puts together the pieces to finally bring the murderer to justice. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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An epic adventure seeming with power, love and hatred.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chefia See more »

Filming Locations:

Chester, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Highgate Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although the state where Delano is located is never revealed, one might believe it is in South Carolina, since the shots of the inside of the State House, show palmetto trees in the lobby. The palmetto tree is the state tree of South Carolina. See more »

Quotes

John Howell: You were a good friend of Roosevelt's, weren't you sir?
Hugh Holmes: I was an unshakable admirer of FDR's... Completely convinced he was ruining the country.
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Alternate Versions

There is a video version that sometimes shows up on cable. It cuts the running time from six to four hours and mainly skims the middle story of Sonny Butts. See more »

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Great Cast, good history.
30 July 1999 | by hlw27See all my reviews

If you like movies about dusty, small southern towns that are hiding a crime/mystery/secret, then this one's for you! It has all of the elements to keep you watching. Centered around the police chiefs of the town and serial killer, over a long period of time. Psssst....The men who play the police chiefs are all great actors.


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