Nightmare in Badham County

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Nightmare in Badham County
Genre Drama
Written by Jo Heims
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey[1]
Starring Chuck Connors
Deborah Raffin
Robert Reed
Fionnula Flanagan
Tina Louise
Theme music composer Charles Bernstein
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Douglas S. Cramer
Producer(s) Wilford Lloyd Baumes
Herb Wallerstein (associate producer)
Location(s) Carrolton, Mississippi
Greenwood, Mississippi
Cinematography Frank Stanley
Editor(s) Carroll Sax
Running time 100 min
Production company(s) ABC Circle Films
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Original release November 5, 1976 (1976-11-05)
Chuck Connors played a vile sheriff in the film

Nightmare in Badham County is a 1976 ABC TV women-in-prison movie, starring Chuck Connors, Deborah Raffin and Lynne Moody and directed by John Llewellyn Moxey.[2] The film was so popular in China that it was released in cinemas and Raffin became the first Western actress to make a promotional tour of the country, after which she became an unofficial ambassador helping China make deals with Hollywood.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

Two girls, Cathy Phillips (Deborah Raffin) and Diane Emery (Lynne Moody) get engine car trouble in a small town.[4] When they spurn the sheriff Slim Danen's (Chuck Connors) advances, they are thrown in prison on false accusations, where they endure atrocities at the hands of the administrators and prison guards.[2] All hope seems lost unless the girls find a way to escape.[1]


While driving, Cathy and Diane's car get a flat tire, forcing them to get it replaced; however, they get into a confrontation with prison sheriff Slim Danen and are arrested after refusing to give in to him.[1][2] After being found guilty on false charges in a kangaroo court, the two are taken to a local women's farm labor prison, where they learn from an inmate named Sara that the prisoners' lives there are completely and exceedingly harsh; they are not only treated like labored slaves, but also exposed to cruel and sexual torture and mistreatment daily.[1][2]

They soon realize that the only way to set themselves and all the other prisoners free is to escape undetected and unharmed.[2]


Actor Role
Chuck Connors Sheriff Slim Danen
Deborah Raffin Cathy Phillips
Fionnula Flanagan Dulcie
Robert Reed Supt. Dancer
Lana Wood Smitty
Tina Louise Greer
Lynne Moody Diane Emery
Ralph Bellamy Judge
Leslie Albers Waitress
Della Reese Sara


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