DirectorTony Richardson NetworkCBS CountryUnited States
Release dateMarch 1, 1978 (1978-03-01) WriterJoan Barthel (book), Spencer Eastman, Thomas Thompson CastStefanie Powers (Joan Barthel), Paul Clemens (Peter Reilly), Tom Atkins (Lt. Bragdon), Jacqueline Brooks (Mildred Carston), Brian Dennehy (Barney Parsons), Conchata Ferrell (Rita Parsons) Similar moviesRelated Tony Richardson movies
A Death in Canaan is a 1978 American made-for-television drama film directed by Tony Richardson and starring Stefanie Powers, Paul Clemens, and Brian Dennehy. Its plot concerns the true-life story of a teenager who is put on trial for the murder of his mother in a small Connecticut town.
The film first aired on the CBS Wednesday Night Movies on March 1, 1978, and was never officially released on any analog or digital medium for rental or sale.
Arthur Miller wrote his one-act play Some Kind of Love Story (1984) loosely based on the same incident. He later adapted it into a screenplay for Everybody Wins (film) (1990) starring Debra Winger and Nick Nolte.
Stefanie Powers – Joan Barthel
Paul Clemens – Peter Reilly
Tom Atkins – Lt. Bragdon
Jacqueline Brookes – Mildred Carston
Brian Dennehy – Barney Parsons
Conchata Ferrell – Rita Parsons
Charles Haid – Sgt. Case
Floyd Levine – Thomas Lanza
Kenneth McMillan – Sgt. Tim Scully
Gavan O'Herlihy – Father Mark
Yuki Shimoda – Dr. Samura
James Sutorius – Jim Barthel
Bonnie Bartlett – Teresa Noble
William Bronder – Judge Revere
Pat Corley – Judge Vincet
Art Mehr – Drugstore Owner Art
Charles Hallahan – Cpl. Sebastian
Mary Jackson – Sarah Biggens
Sally Kemp – Barbara Gibbons
Doreen Lang – Nurse Pynne
Lane Smith – Bob Hartman
Michael Talbott – Trooper Miles
Outdoor scenes were filmed in Ferndale and Eureka, California.