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Director  Lamont Johnson
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Duration  
Language  English
A Covenant with Death movie poster
Cast  George Maharis (Ben Lewis), Earl Holliman (Brian Talbot), Laura Devon (Rosemary), Katy Jurado (Eulalia Lewis), Gene Hackman (Harmsworth), Arthur O'Connell (Hockstadter)
Release date  1967
Writer  Stephen Becker (novel), Saul Levitt, Lawrence B. Marcus
Production  Warner Bros. Entertainment
Genres  Drama, Mystery, Trial drama
Similar movies  Related Lamont Johnson movies

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A Covenant with Death is a 1967 film directed by Lamont Johnson. It stars George Maharis and Laura Devon.

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Plot

Within a small Southwestern town on the Mexican border in 1923 America, a promiscuous married woman is found dead in her bedroom. Her grieving, jealous and widely disliked husband, Bryan Talbot (Earl Holliman), is convicted of her murder and sentenced to hang on purely circumstantial evidence. The presiding Judge Hochstadter (Arthur O'Connell) departs for a fishing trip, leaving it up to the inexperienced, 29 year old Mexican-American judge (and lothario) Ben Morealis Lewis (George Maharis), to oversee the execution. Problem is, Lewis has his own misgivings about mandatory sentencing and capital punishment in general, and about Talbot's guilt in particular.

In a stunning turn of events, Talbot unintentionally kills his executioner while trying to avoid being hanged for a murder he fiercely denies having committed. While awaiting the arrival of a replacement hangman, another man confesses to killing Talbot's Wife. Judge Lewis must negotiate various relationships (with his mother, and two very different women for whom he harbors strong and conflicting feelings), in addition to provincial attitudes about love and marriage, sexuality, modernity, maturity, cultural integrity, group loyalty and his faith in the triumph of justice.

Cast

  • George Maharis as Ben Lewis
  • Laura Devon as Rosemary
  • Katy Jurado as Eulalia Lewis
  • Earl Holliman as Bryan Talbot
  • Arthur O'Connell as Judge Hochstadter
  • Wende Wagner as Rafaela
  • Sidney Blackmer as Col. Oates
  • References

    A Covenant with Death Wikipedia
    A Covenant with Death IMDb A Covenant with Death themoviedb.org


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