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The Murder of Mary Phagan, a 1987 two-part TV miniseries made by Orion Pictures Corporation and distributed by National Broadcasting Company (NBC), is a dramatization of the story of Leo Frank, a factory manager charged and convicted with murdering a 13-year-old girl, a factory worker named Mary Phagan, in Atlanta, Georgia in 1913. The trial was sensational and controversial. After Frank's legal appeals had failed, the governor of Georgia in 1915 commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment. In 1915 Frank was kidnapped from prison and lynched by a small group of prominent men of Marietta, Georgia. The film features Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Miller, Charles Dutton, Peter Gallagher, Cynthia Nixon, Dylan Baker, and William H. Macy.

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  2. William Hale


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  1. Jack Lemmon

    Jack Lemmon

    Gov. John Slaton

  2. Richard Jordan

    Richard Jordan

    Hugh Dorsey

  3. Robert Prosky

    Robert Prosky

    Tom Watson

  4. Peter Gallagher

    Peter Gallagher

    Leo Frank

  5. Kathryn Walker

    Kathryn Walker

    Sally Slaton

  6. Rebecca Miller

    Rebecca Miller

    Lucille Frank

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 4h 11m

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Release Information

  • January 24, 1988
    PG, Theatrical



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