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Director Irvin Kershner, better known for his big-budget films like Irvin Kershner, joins with scripters and lead Don Murray to create this moving and effective docudrama. The story is based on the experiences of real-life Rev. Charles Dismas Clark (played here by Murray), a Jesuit priest devoted to working with young ex-convicts who face uphill battles in trying to re-integrate into a society that discriminates against them. At focus is the struggle of Billy Lee Jackson (Keir Dullea) with his personal demons as he gets involved in crimes which are not of his doing alone. His case illustrates the nature of the majority of cases, and like the majority, he pays in spades for his "mistakes." A powerful argument for looking at the horror of the death penalty and society's responsibility for crime, this well-wrought story is compelling and consistently effective. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast

Don Murray
as Rev. Charles Dismas Clark, S.J.
Larry Gates
as Louis Rosen
Keir Dullea
as Billy Lee Jackson
Logan Ramsey
as George Hale
Don Joslyn
as Pio Gentile
Sam Capuano
as Mario Mazziotti
Vince O'Brien
as District Attorney
Al Mack
as Judge Garrity
Joseph Cusanelli
as Hector Sterne
Bill Atwood
as Weasel
Warren Parker
as Warden
Joe Hamilton
as Prison Chaplain
Louise Martini
as Angelo Mazziotti
Norman McKay
as Father Dunne
Louise Martini
as Angelo Mazziotti
Joe Hamilton
as Prison Chaplain

Crew

Irvin Kershner
Director
Walter Wood
Producer
Don Murray
Producer
Don Murray
Screenwriter
Don Deer
Screenwriter
Joseph Landon
Screenwriter
Haskell Wexler
Cinematographer
Karl Brainard
Set Designer
Alexis Davidoff
Costume Designer
Ted Coodley
Makeup
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