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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 »


Gary Nelson


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

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Stars: Johnny Cash, Brenda Vaccaro, Ben Marley


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


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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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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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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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One of my favorite made-for-TV movies
21 August 2001 | by Miles-10See 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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