The Deadliest Season
|The Deadliest Season|
|Written by||Ernest Kinoy|
|Directed by||Robert Markowitz|
|Music by||Dick Hyman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Herbert Brodkin|
Thomas De Wolfe (associate producer)
|Editor(s)||Stephen A. Rotter|
|Running time||98 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Titus Productions|
|Original release||March 16, 1977|
The Deadliest Season is a 1977 American made-for-television sports drama film aired on CBS on March 16, 1977. It was directed by Robert Markowitz, written by Ernest Kilroy and produced by Titus Productions. The film stars Michael Moriarty, Kevin Conway and Meryl Streep.
An average professional ice hockey defenseman is relegated to the minor leagues because his play is not aggressive enough. In an effort to get back to the majors, he plays dirty and gets into fights on the ice, which gets him back to the major. His aggressive play results in the death of another player as a result of injuries sustained during a game, and results in his being charged with manslaughter. The player appears largely indifferent to the situation, appearing to view it as a normal part of playing top level ice hockey.
The Deadliest Season was a 98-minute-long courtroom and sports drama made-for-TV movie that originally aired in the United States on CBS in 1977. In Canada, the movie aired in August 1979 on CBC. In Australia, the film first aired in November 1980, and later aired on March 23, 1982 on ATN7. In 1984, it reran in New York on Channel 2. It re-ran on television in Alaska in November 1986.
In The Deadliest Season, Michael Moriarty plays the main character. Gerry Miller and Kevin Conway also starred in this film. Sully Boyar, Jill Eikenberry, Walter McGinn, Andrew Duggan, Paul D'Amato and Mason Adams also appeared on The Deadliest Season. Conway played the attorney who defended Mortiarty's character. Adam's appearance as the team owner in the film helped land him a role in Lou Grant.
The film was written by Ernest Kilroy, who had already written several television dramas by that time. It was directed by Robert Markowitz, and produced by Titus Productions. Meryl Streep made her television debut. She also made her film debut role for Julia in the same year. Streep, playing Moriarty's wife, received fifth billing in what was her first role.
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