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A Case of Deadly Force (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 9 April 1986
Fact-based story about a 1975 cover-up of a shooting by two white members of the Boston Tactical Unit. While on stakeout on a suspected getaway car used in a armed robbery, the two gunned ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Miller

Writers:

Lawrence O'Donnell (book) (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.), Dennis Nemec (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Crenna ... Lawrence O'Donnell Sr.
John Shea ... Michael O'Donnell
Lorraine Toussaint ... Pat Bowden
Francis X. McCarthy ... Hanna (as Frank McCarthy)
Tom Isbell Tom Isbell ... Billy O'Donnell
Dylan Baker ... Kevin O'Donnell
Michael O'Hare ... Joe Miller
Tate Donovan ... Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.
Anna Maria Horsford ... Virginia Cates (as Anna Marie Horsford)
Anthony Heald ... Dave O'Brian
Fred J. Scollay Fred J. Scollay ... Judge Skinner
Elizabeth J. Fowler Elizabeth J. Fowler ... Frances O'Donnell
Paul O'Brien ... Ken Mooney
Tom Kemp ... Jack Finnegan
John Prosky ... Phil Cochran
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Fact-based story about a 1975 cover-up of a shooting by two white members of the Boston Tactical Unit. While on stakeout on a suspected getaway car used in a armed robbery, the two gunned down a black man who entered the car. The two claimed the man had a gun and they shot in self-defense. Police investigation decided it was a rightful shooting. The man's widow knew her husband would not be carrying a weapon and became determined to prove her husband's innocence. She hired a former cop who had become a lawyer to prove her case. Working with his four sons, the lawyer team takes on the police force in what eventually proved to be a landmark legal decision. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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There is "Police Brutality"... And then there is "Deadly Force"

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Força Fatal See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Power-Packed True Story!!
30 March 1999 | by Axiom-2See all my reviews

This film is a very gripping true story about corruption, justice and redemption. It stars Richard Crenna (First Blood, Wrongfully Accused,) as attorney Lawrence O,Donnell who takes on the Boston Police Force, in a "wrongful death" suit. This is one great movie that received a 10 in my voting. This was another.50cent Laser Disc deal of a gem!!!!


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