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The Murder of Mary Phagan 

In early twentieth-century Atlanta, the murder of a young girl prompts strong reactions from the community, and ultimately leads to the arrest of a man who may actually be innocent.
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Jack Lemmon ...  Gov. John Slaton 2 episodes, 1988
Richard Jordan ...  Hugh Dorsey 2 episodes, 1988
Robert Prosky ...  Tom Watson 2 episodes, 1988
Peter Gallagher ...  Leo Frank 2 episodes, 1988
Kathryn Walker ...  Sally Slaton 2 episodes, 1988
Rebecca Miller ...  Lucille Frank 2 episodes, 1988
Paul Dooley ...  William Burns 2 episodes, 1988
Charles S. Dutton ...  Jim Conley 2 episodes, 1988
Kevin Spacey ...  Wes Brent 2 episodes, 1988
Cynthia Nixon ...  Doreen 2 episodes, 1988
Kenneth Welsh ...  Luther Rosser 2 episodes, 1988
Thomas Anderson Thomas Anderson 2 episodes, 1988
Dylan Baker 2 episodes, 1988
Daniel Benzali ...  Coroner 2 episodes, 1988
Nesbitt Blaisdell 2 episodes, 1988
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll 2 episodes, 1988
William C. Crawford William C. Crawford ...  Witness 2 episodes, 1988
David Cromwell David Cromwell 2 episodes, 1988
Loretta Devine ...  Annie Maude Carter 2 episodes, 1988
William Duff-Griffin William Duff-Griffin 2 episodes, 1988
Jennifer East Jennifer East 2 episodes, 1988
Barbara Eda-Young ...  Mrs. Phagan 2 episodes, 1988
Gwyllum Evans Gwyllum Evans 2 episodes, 1988
Carl Gordon 2 episodes, 1988
Sam Gray Sam Gray ...  Sigmond Montag 2 episodes, 1988
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton 2 episodes, 1988
Brent Jennings ...  Newt Lee 2 episodes, 1988
William H. Macy ...  Randy 2 episodes, 1988
Jordan Marder ...  Alonzo 2 episodes, 1988
Heather McAdam 2 episodes, 1988
William Newman 2 episodes, 1988
Owen Rachleff Owen Rachleff 2 episodes, 1988
Bill Raymond 2 episodes, 1988
Fred Sadoff 2 episodes, 1988
Raynor Scheine 2 episodes, 1988
Brian Smiar Brian Smiar 2 episodes, 1988
Kate McGregor-Stewart 2 episodes, 1988
Jimmie Ray Weeks 2 episodes, 1988
Nick Wyman Nick Wyman ...  Lund 2 episodes, 1988
Wendy J. Cooke ...  Mary Phagan 2 episodes, 1988
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From a true story. In Atlanta in 1913, a 13-year-old girl is murdered in the factory where she works. The factory manager, a Jew named Leo Frank, is convicted and sentenced to hang. Georgia Governor John Slaton suspects that Frank may have been railroaded by public desire for revenge and hatred of Frank's religion and northern (US) ties. But as a rising politician, Slaton also knows that to violate such strong public opinion by questioning the judgment would be political suicide. Will his conscience overcome his ambition? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Crime | Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Murder of Mary Phagan See more »

Filming Locations:

Petersburg, Virginia, USA See more »

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Orion Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kevin Spacey and Peter Gallagher also appeared in American Beauty (1999) and Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962). The latter film also stars Jack Lemmon. See more »

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Version of They Won't Forget (1937) See more »

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Groovy
5 May 2002 | by ooohwowsSee all my reviews

The movie seemed cool. My best friend's mother told us about Mary Phagan long time ago. There use to be a children's song about her, and her mom use to sing it to us as children. Not until tonight did she tell me her aunt was Mary's best friend. For years we thought the song was a made up story, so it was creepy knowing her aunt knew Mary. Back to my point, it was a good movie.


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