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A Case of Deadly Force (1986)

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TV Movie | 95 min | Drama

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 ...See moreFact-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 See less
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Lawrence O'Donnell (book "Deadly Force") (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.) | Dennis Nemec (teleplay)
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Apr 9, 1986 (United States)

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33 cast members
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Richard Crenna
Lawrence O'Donnell Sr. Lawrence O'Donnell Sr.   See fewer
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John Shea
Michael O'Donnell Michael O'Donnell   See fewer
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Lorraine Toussaint
Pat Bowden Pat Bowden   See fewer
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Francis X. McCarthy
Hanna (as Frank McCarthy) Hanna (as Frank McCarthy)   See fewer
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Tom Isbell
Billy O'Donnell Billy O'Donnell   See fewer
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Dylan Baker
Kevin O'Donnell Kevin O'Donnell   See fewer
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Michael O'Hare
Joe Miller Joe Miller   See fewer
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Tate Donovan
Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.   See fewer
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Anna Maria Horsford
Virginia Cates (as Anna Marie Horsford) Virginia Cates (as Anna Marie Horsford)   See fewer
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Anthony Heald
Dave O'Brian Dave O'Brian   See fewer
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Fred J. Scollay
Judge Skinner Judge Skinner   See fewer
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Elizabeth J. Fowler
Frances O'Donnell Frances O'Donnell   See fewer
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Paul O'Brien
Ken Mooney Ken Mooney   See fewer
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Tom Kemp
Jack Finnegan Jack Finnegan   See fewer
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John Prosky
Phil Cochran Phil Cochran   See fewer
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Paul D'Amato
Mike Fagan (as Paul D'Amatto) Mike Fagan (as Paul D'Amatto)   See fewer
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Peter Gerety
Bobby Doyle Bobby Doyle   See fewer
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Tracy Fitzpatrick
Mary O'Donnell Mary O'Donnell   See fewer
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Ken Cheeseman
Ken Kobre Ken Kobre   See fewer
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Ricardo Pitts-Wiley
Eugene Reynolds Eugene Reynolds   See fewer
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Karen Shallo
Marie Sarantopulos Marie Sarantopulos   See fewer
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John Savoia
Danny Mallone Danny Mallone   See fewer
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Jim Sweeney
Jimmy Pietra Jimmy Pietra   See fewer
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Gene Amoroso
Tony Raffedie Tony Raffedie   See fewer
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Kristin Rhone
Jessina Stokes Jessina Stokes   See fewer
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John Mulqueeney
Walter Logue Walter Logue   See fewer
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William A. Lynch
Court Clerk (as William Lynch) Court Clerk (as William Lynch)   See fewer
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Jodi Purdy-Quinlan
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Edward Mason
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6.5 / 10 | 140 votes