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Death Sentence 1972


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  • Actors: Nick Nolte, Cloris Leachman, Laurencde Luckinbill, William Schallert
  • Directors: E. W. Swackhamer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: AFA Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L8LSVS

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The real stars of "Death Sentence" (originally a 1972 Movie of the Week entitled "After the Trial") are Cloris Leachman and Laurence Luckinbill. Nick Nolte is in the picture, though in a relatively minor role as a man on trial for the murder of his wife. Leachman is a bored housewife who's thrilled to have been picked to be on the jury ("I think this is the first time I've ever felt like a full-fledged member of this community!").
Her excitement turns to fear, though, when the unfolding evidence begins to indicate that someone close to her may have actually committed the murder. The suspense culminates in a middle-of-the-night confrontation during (what else?) a raging thunderstorm.
This film is a good example of the "suspense" genre of TV movie, with some genuinely suspenseful moments. It's solidly acted and scripted, if not exceptional in any way. The generally poor quality of the film and the sound detract somewhat, but are to be expected in TV movies that are nearly 3 decades old. If you can get it at a low enough price, "Death Sentence" is diverting enough for an evening.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Reid on December 20, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This movie was reproduced in low quality EP mode by Front Row Entertainment in 1995. The TV movie was produced in 1974. It is an above average TV movie and is truly suspenseful with a plot twist that I have never seen before. It is a murder mystery starring Nick Nolte, Cloris Leachman and Laurence Luckinbill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Speechless on January 4, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
The description tells the whole story so there were no surprises. It made for a very boring movie, and I was disappointed Nick Nolte wasn't the star as depicted.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos VINE VOICE on February 3, 2007
Format: DVD
Cloris Leachman, the real star of this film, plays a housewife from a family that appears to be upper middle class family. She is called to serve on Jury Duty and eagerly accepts. She does this for she feels that it is her right to make sure justice is served.

The real suspense starts when her excitement turns into suspicion, then fear, as she discovers the truth about the case. That the defendant is innocent, she knows who the real murderer is, and the murderer knows she is on the jury. This is a decent TV thriller of yesteryear and worth watching one afternoon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Gregg on September 19, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
The label of "Cinema Classics" seems to be a stretch, as this is not a "Classic" as far as I can reason. This movie reminds me of the typical "B" movies on tv when I was growing up in the 70's, late 60's... something that might play on a Saturday afternoon.

Nolte has a pretty small role in this - few lines. So if you might want to watch this because of Nolte you'll be disappointed. (And to be honest, his face on the cover of the movie is what made me consider watching it. I expected he'd have a bit more of a role in this.) He is the man on trial for the murder of his wife - Leachman is a woman on the jury and the movie really revolves around Leachman and her husband.

I like Leachman's character, but the story had her wondering if her husband could be the real killer at the first clue - which was too small and unlikely a clue to have even given her a second thought when (as far as we know) she had no reason to doubt her marriage was anything other than perfect and her husband anything other than faithful and devoted. The second clue might have given her a niggling doubt in the back of her mind......had the writers brought up their earlier time apart much sooner in the movie it would've made better sense.

I didn't hate it, it was okay for a "B" movie.

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