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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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Taglines:

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

Daniel Keyes' final television performance. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lamar Potts: Hello John. I'm about ready to leave. Thought I'd drop by and see if there's anything you might need?
John Wallace: Ya mean, like a fancy last meal? No, I wouldn't want you to go hunting fried chicken and strawberry pie today, and then, tomorrow I wind up eating supper at my own house. It ain't gonna happen, they ain't gonna kill me. There'll be a phone call, always has been.
[pauses]
John Wallace: You know, Lamar ... we're a lot alike ... each running his own county, having power over other men ...best feeling in the ...
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an awesome tv film
29 September 2001 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

People who enjoyed Andy Griffith's tv show need to be warned. Watching his show and then watching this riveting film is like watching a fireworks display and then seeing a nuclear explosion! He plays one of the most loathsome villians you will ever see, a man without a conscience who truly believes he is above the law and can kill whoever he wants. It is one of the most frightning portrayals of a cold-blooded killer imaginable. On the other hand, Johnny Cash is one of the most likeable good guys imaginable as the honest, dogged righteous sheriff determined to bring Griffith to justice. Cash is one of the greatest singers of all time, but this film shows off his considerable acting ability as well. Its also a beautiful film to look at with its depiction of life in the South and the photography. I see this wonderful film as almost a morality play of sorts, ultimate good versus ultimate evil. One interesting footnote, there is an actress named Cindi Knight who plays the murder victim's wife, in real life she later married Andy Griffith! This film was available on video for a while, but is out of circulation. Tape it if its on tv


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