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Murder in Coweta County (1983)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 15 February 1983
In 1948, in rural Georgia, Coweta County is watched over by its legendary, indomitable Sheriff Lamar Potts (Johnny Cash). No felony had ever gone unsolved while Sheriff Potts was in charge.... See full summary »

Director:

Gary Nelson

Writers:

Dennis Nemec (teleplay), Margaret Anne Barnes (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Cash ... Lamar Potts
Andy Griffith ... John Wallace
Earl Hindman ... J.H. Potts
Ed Van Nuys Ed Van Nuys ... Huddleston
Robert Schenkkan ... Wilson Turner
Jo Henderson Jo Henderson ... Josephine Wallace
Daniel Keyes Daniel Keyes ... Elzie Hancock
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ... Sheriff Hardy Collier
Norman Matlock ... Albert Brooks
Brent Jennings ... Robert Lee Gates
June Carter Cash ... Mayhayley Lancaster
James Neal James Neal ... A.L. Henson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Earl Poole Ball ... Steve Smith
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Judge Boykin
Marc Clement Marc Clement ... J.C. Otwell
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Storyline

In 1948, in rural Georgia, Coweta County is watched over by its legendary, indomitable Sheriff Lamar Potts (Johnny Cash). No felony had ever gone unsolved while Sheriff Potts was in charge. In the next county, though, there is a vast estate known as "The Kingdom." It's ruled by one man, John Wallace (Andy Griffith), whose power is absolute and beyond the law. But when Wallace chases one of his underlings to deliver ruthless punishment, he makes a critical mistake. He crosses over into Coweta County... Sheriff Potts' territory. This is the compelling true story of the man who ran the Kingdom, and the man who brought him down. Written by Dick Atkins

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"The Kingdom" a backwoods dynasty of moonshine and murder. This is the story of the man who ran it, and the man who crushed it. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Monticello, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Daniel Keyes' final television performance. See more »

Goofs

During the courtroom scene, Sheriff Potts (Cash) is wearing a contemporary wristwatch with an expansion band. See more »

Quotes

Deputy #2: Sheriff! Elzie just checked in. He thinks he found something!
Lamar Potts: [to John Wallace who is behind bars in jail] You remember Elzie Hancock don't you, John? He's the one that got your uncle.
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Andy Griffith as a Southern tyrant much like Dennis Hopper in "Paris Trout"
15 December 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Great casting against type, with Andy Griffith as a tyrant who makes his own rules and bends the law, much like Dennis Hopper in "Paris Trout". The 1948 rural Meriweather County Georgia setting is convincing, and the backwoods characters seem authentic. Johnny Cash plays the no nonsense Sheriff of nearby Coweta County, who is investigating a murder. "Wherever you dumped the body it better be hid good" is Cash's challenge, while Griffith expounds "You can't find the body if there ain't no body". The murder investigation is fast moving, logical, and relentless. In the end, intimidation, bribery, and bloodshed, fail to stem the tide towards a very satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended. One of the best TV movies of all time. - MERK


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