Death Sentence (1974 film)

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Death Sentence
Genre Crime
Based onAfter the Trial
by Eric Roman
Written byJohn Neufeld
Directed by E.W. Swackhamer
Starring Cloris Leachman
Laurence Luckinbill
Nick Nolte
Alan Oppenheimer
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Producers Aaron Spelling
Leonard Goldberg
CinematographyTim Southcott
EditorLeon Carrere
Running time74 minutes
Production companies Spelling-Goldberg Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original network ABC
Picture formatColor
Audio format Mono
Original release
  • October 2, 1974 (1974-10-02)

Death Sentence (also titled Murder One) [1] is a 1974 American made-for-television crime film directed by E.W. Swackhamer and starring Cloris Leachman and Laurence Luckinbill. [2] [3] [4] It is based on the 1968 novel After the Trial by Eric Roman. [5] [6]



A juror in a murder case begins to believe that the man on trial is innocent of the crime, and then discovers that the real killer is actually her own husband.


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