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Hawkins: The Complete TV-Movie Collection (1973)

James Stewart  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: James Stewart
  • Format: Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 588 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A92MD6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A decade before TV saw another silver-haired, slow-drawling Southern shyster with a knack for sleuthing out the truth, M-G-M welcomed back two titanic talents, TV producer Norman Felton and screen legend Jimmy Stewart, for Hawkins. Stewart played Billy Jim Hawkins in rotation with the Shaft TV movies (Talk about Country Mouse and City Mouse!), solving crimes alongside his cousin RJ (Strother Martin) and a bevy of sensational costars. Bonnie Bedelia plays a troubled young woman accused of familicide, Cameron Mitchell plays a tinseltown spouse facing murder charges, Julie Harris plays an accused mercy killer, William Windom plays a parent with a vendetta, Lew Ayres and James Best play folk caught up in a deadly Civil War re-enactment, James Luisi plays a football pro caught up in foul play, Teresa Wright plays an ex-amour of Bill Jim’s, and Paul Burke and Pernell Roberts play a senator and aide caught up in a slaying.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and a rare opportunity January 3, 2013
I dock this product a star only because pretty much no effort has gone into restoring the picture. It is somewhat fuzzy, very grainy from dirt, and has a good bit of damage. The soundtrack is somewhat distorted and strident at times.

As a second note, I found this at the WB web site at a significant discount, and with free shipping.

As for the show itself, this is an almost forgotten gem. Jimmy Stewart plays Hawkins, a former assistant DA turned criminal defense attorney, who is rumored to have never lost a case, though he will not admit to that. He spun the role out of equal parts Elwood P Dowd (Harvey), Paul Biegler (Anatomy of a Murder), and Ransom Stoddard (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance). The resulting character is a brilliant and delightful mixture of home-spun charm, empathetic friend, savvy tactician, and firebrand defender. His investigative style will remind you of Jessica Fletcher, a role created several years later.

Hawkins, always supported in his efforts by an array of cousins (headed by Strother Martin), takes on impossible cases a la Perry Mason. They are intricate and interesting.

Dialogue has surprising depth (for a 70s TV series) and brilliant laugh out loud moments.

Hawkins is a lost treasure for Jimmy Stewart fans, a solid collection of murder solutions for mystery fans, and an outstanding depiction of a defense attorney for legal procedural enthusiasts.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, underrated, almost forgotten series March 17, 2013
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James Stewart stars as Billy Jim Hawkins, a West Virginia, high-powered lawyer, in this 1973 series which had exactly nine episodes, coming in at 1 hour 15 minutes each. Stewart, in his second TV series, works hard at being a character, and he is well-aided by a supporting cast (Mayf Nutter, James Hampton, Strother Martin) and a bomber cast of 1960's and 1970's actors - William Windom, Tyne Daly, Paul Burke, Sheree North, Cameron Mitchell, Bonnie Bedelia, Kenneth Mars (pre-Inspector Kemp on Young Frankenstein), Julie Harris, Sam Elliott, Jeannette Nolan, among others. It naturally will remind some of Matlock, the Andy Griffith attorney series of the 1980s and 1990s and producer David Karp said in an interview that Griffith was once approached, but the deal somehow fell through.
I personally love the gripping, action-packed theme song by Jerry Goldsmith, but, somehow, it doesn't quite fit the saga of a laid-back West Virginia lawyer. No matter, this is well worth the price (no subtitling or special features), thanks to well-written scripts and good direction.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Perry Mason December 26, 2012
By baker
The cast is pretty amazing like they say. James won the Golden Globe that year. Imagine a big actor like him on television. Somebody copping out to him in the courtroom is always fun. I'm pretty sure it's mod, which is unpopular. I take them as I can get them. Like we have a choice. The picture quality is about what you would expect from some old retro show. I got it when they had a deal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last June 5, 2013
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I am grateful that this short but well made series is now available on DVD. Splendid performance as always by James Stewart. I wish more episodes could have been made. Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Complete Hawkins TV Movies Finally on DVD September 3, 2013
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It's great to see this excellent TV movie series with James Stewart finally on DVD. This 4-DVD set includes all eight episodes from 1973-1974:

1. Death and the Maiden (AKA Hawkins on Murder)
2. Murder in Movieland
3. Die Die, Darling
4. A Life for a Life
5. Blood Feud
6. Murder in the Slave Trade
7. Murder on the Thirteenth Floor
8. Candidate for Murder

The Internet Movie Database lists nine episodes but "Death and the Maiden" and "Hawkins on Murder" are actually the same episode which aired on March 13, 1973.

Stewart's character Billy Jim Hawkins is similar to the role he played in the 1959 film "Anatomy of a Murder." His character reminds me of Andy Griffith's Ben Matlock character from the "Matlock" series (1986-1995). If anyone enjoys "Matlock," I think they would also enjoy watching "Hawkins."
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