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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 »



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Complete credited cast:
... Lamar Potts
... John Wallace
... J.H. Potts
Ed Van Nuys ... Huddleston
... Wilson Turner
Jo Henderson ... Josephine Wallace
Daniel Keyes ... Elzie Hancock
Danny Nelson ... Sheriff Hardy Collier
... Albert Brooks
... Robert Lee Gates
... Mayhayley Lancaster
James Neal ... A.L. Henson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Steve Smith
Dan Biggers ... Judge Boykin
Marc Clement ... J.C. Otwell


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.


Crime | Drama


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15 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Last Blood  »

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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 »


Courtroom scenes show Georgia flag incorporating Confederate battle flag. Movie takes place in 1947; this flag wasn't adopted until 1956. See more »


Sheriff Hardy Collier: Sheriff Potts paid me a visit this morning.
John Wallace: Yeah? Wha'd he want?
Sheriff Hardy Collier: What he wants is the man who killed Wilson Turner.
John Wallace: Is that what's go you so bothered?
Sheriff Hardy Collier: Real bothered!
John Wallace: Well, Turner was nothing but thieving, weasely, white trash. What kinda man gonna go breakin' a sweat over the likes of him?
[chuckles to himself]
Sheriff Hardy Collier: Lamar Potts.
John Wallace: The man was insolent ... stole from me. I let him get away and every dirt farmer I got's gonna wanna start helping himself to my possessions. I had to kill Turner, it was ...
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One of my favorite made-for-TV movies
21 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Andy Griffith gives one of the best performances of his career as the socio-pathic John Wallace who is as evil as Griffith's other great character, Will Stockdale, is good. Johnny Cash makes a serviceable lawman. (Good casting: I'm afraid that if Mr. Griffith had played the lawman and Mr. Cash the villain, this would have been a poorer movie.) There are also great minor characters such as the witches. (Yes, witches--or conjurers as they might prefer.) I never thought of it before, but this movie probably echoes "Macbeth" even if it does not quite parallel it.

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