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The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 8 March 1973
A homicide detective begins to suspect that the black teenager accused of murdering two white girls is being framed by his fellow detectives.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

Abby Mann, Selwyn Raab (book)
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Marjoe Gortner ... Teddy Hopper
José Ferrer ... Jake Weinhaus (as Jose Ferrer)
Ned Beatty ... Det. Dan Corrigan
Allen Garfield ... Mario Portello
Lorraine Gary ... Ruthie
Roger Robinson ... Bobby Martin
Harriet Karr Harriet Karr ... Cindy
Gene Woodbury Gene Woodbury ... Lewis Humes
William Watson ... Det. Matt Black
Val Bisoglio ... Det. Jacarrino
Antonia Rey ... Rita Alvarez
Chita Rivera ... Josie Hopper
Bruce Kirby ... Sgt. Dan McCartney
Robert Walden ... Mr. Fisher
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Storyline

A homicide detective begins to suspect that the black teenager accused of murdering two white girls is being framed by his fellow detectives.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confeso por coacción See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This feature length pilot, would bear little resemblance to the regular show, owing to the accurate but decidedly bleak portrayal of police and political corruption. See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Theo Kojack drives to Lewis Humes's party, a camera shot inside his Ford Torino shows the car has a plastic, sport side-view mirror on the driver's door. When he arrives and parks to proceed to the party, the Torino now has a metal, square, chrome, side-view mirror on the driver's door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: What you are about to see is a dramatization of one of the most controversial and bitterly debated police investigations preceding the supreme Court's landmark Miranda Decision of 1966. Name changes, compressions of time and composites of certain characters have been made in order to present this most significant story.
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Jaws' (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Give Me A Road I Can't Walk
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Lyrics by Bobby Russell
Sung by Andy Kim
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Overlooked Gem
18 January 2012 | by dojoredleopardSee all my reviews

This generation of film makers are afraid to make something like this now. Distributors wont touch it.This should not have been a TV movie. Academy award worthy across the board here. The direction, the cinematography, one heck of a script, and you can take your pick of the actors whose performances went past the heart and right for the gut. The subject matter supporting the Kojak mythology puts the film right up there with any top civil rights documentary. I first saw it as the " The 3:30 movie" on channel seven in Chicago back in 74.I didn't know what I was looking at until I studied the King event. Abby Mann later wrote and directed "King" but this script is as close as you will get to a saturated gritty matter-of -fact telling of a story that still rightly embarrasses the legal system. I always wondered why the networks never bothered to show it again. I see why...and so will you.


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