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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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Bribery. Bloodshed. Now ... Justice.

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

James Neal, who plays defense attorney A.L. Henson, was in fact an attorney and prosecutor in real life. He was a Special Prosecuting Attorney who won the convictions of Richard Nixon's aids H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and John Mitchell during the Watergate trial in 1974. He had several other significant cases in his career. Among his clients were John Landis (whom he successfully defended against charges of voluntary manslaughter after Vic Morrow, Renee Chen and My-ca Dinh Le were killed on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)); George Nichopoulos against charges that he overprescribed drugs to Elvis Presley; and Exxon in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Just two years after this movie was filmed, he was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the five best trial lawyers of 1985. See more »

Goofs

The wall clock in the execution room is an electronic digital clock because the second hand jumps to advance one second at a time. A wind up clock from that era would not have a second hand. An electric clock would show a second hand that moves at a constant steady angular velocity. See more »

Quotes

Lamar Potts: The first one who touches one of my deputies, I'm gonna kill him.
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Surprisingly good, well acted Southern Gothic police procedural
21 June 1999 | by coop-16See all my reviews

This little remembered made-for TV movie( based on a true story)is, in fact a taut, well acted thriller, with a rich sense of local color. Andy Griffith and Johnny Cash are, in fact very good actors, whose talents are rarely used Griffith gives what must rank as one of his greatest performances ..perhaps his most chilling since A Face in The Crowd, while Cash invests his Dogged, intelligent sheriff with quiet authority. Johnny's wife , June Carter Cash ( a fine actress, as she proved in The Apostle) is haunting as a backwoods "wise woman'( in fact, a Christian "witch")


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