A Death in Canaan Poster

Release Date: 1978

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary
Based on real events, this film focuses on Connecticut teenager Peter Reilly (Paul Clemens), who is arrested on the charge of violently murdering his mother. Although Peter signs a confession, he later withdraws it, claiming he was unclear about the process, which involved a lie detector test. Taking up Peter's cause, the people of his town, most notably writer Joan Barthel (Stefanie Powers), decide to support their local boy, and seek to have his case reopened.

Cast: Stefanie Powers, Paul Clemens, Tom Atkins, Jacqueline Brookes, Brian Dennehy, Conchata Ferrell, Charlie Haid, Floyd Levine

Director: Tony Richardson

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: 1970s, Small town, Underdog, Investigation, Emotional, Police station, Doctor, Tense, Police officer, Murder