A Death in Canaan

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A Death in Canaan
Genre Drama
Written by Joan Barthel
Spencer Eastman
Thomas Thompson
Directed by Tony Richardson
Starring Stefanie Powers
Paul Clemens
Brian Dennehy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Robert W. Christiansen
Anna Cottle
Cinematography James Crabe
Editor(s) Bud S. Smith
Running time 125 minutes
Production company(s) Chris/Rose Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release
  • March 1, 1978 (1978-03-01)

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.[1] 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.[1]

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 (1990) starring Debra Winger and Nick Nolte.[2]



Outdoor scenes were filmed in Ferndale and Eureka, California.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c BFI | Film & TV Database | A DEATH IN CANAAN (1978)
  2. ^ Meyers, Jeffrey. Privileged Moments: Encounters with Writers. The University of Wisconsin Press (2000).
  3. ^ Hesseltine, Cassandra. "Complete Filmography of Humboldt County". Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission. Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 

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