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Cross of Fire (1989)

Story of the rise and fall of 1920s' Ku Klux Klan leader D.C. Stephenson.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writer:

Robert Crais
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Heard ... David 'D.C.' Stephenson
Mel Harris ... Madge Oberholtzer'
David Morse ... Klell Henry
George Dzundza ... Boyd Gurley
Donald Moffat ... George Oberholtzer
Kim Hunter ... Mrs. Oberholtzer
Caroline Kava
Keith Szarabajka
Ed Wiley
Dakin Matthews ... Hiram Evans
Douglas Roberts
William Schallert ... Reverend
Dion Anderson ... Sen. Monroe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buzz Barton Buzz Barton ... Mayor of Addis
Lloyd Bridges ... Lawyer
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Story of the rise and fall of 1920s' Ku Klux Klan leader D.C. Stephenson.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La croix de feu See more »

Filming Locations:

Lawrence, Kansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leonard Hill Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

During defense testimony, a character witness testifies to holding several World War I decorations, such as the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster. None of these awards were in existence in the 1920s when the film is set (the Silver Star and Purple Heart were first issued in 1932). In the case of the Bronze Star, the medal did not exist until 1944. See more »

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A journeyman biopic and trial flick
2 January 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Cross of Fire" tells the story of David C. Stephenson, a megalomaniac who rose to considerable power and notoriety as the head of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan in the early 1920's. A tour-de-force by Heard as Stephenson, this 3 hour journeyman miniseries moves along well laying out the biography and history during the first half and then bogs down in the middle, turning into a courtroom drama, as Stephenson is put on trial for murder. An okay watch for those interested in this footnote in American history which others may find a bit tedious.


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