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A Case of Deadly Force is an American made-for-TV drama film that was released on April 9, 1986. The movie was shot in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, starring Richard Crenna, John Shea and Dylan Baker. It was adapted from the book Deadly Force by Lawrence O'Donnell.

A Case of Deadly Force
Written byLawrence O'Donnell (book Deadly Force) (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.)
Directed byMichael Miller
StarringRichard Crenna
John Shea
Lorraine Toussaint
Tate Donovan
Theme music composerPaul Chihara
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Kenneth Kaufman
Michael Lepiner
Producer(s)Bruce S. Pustin
Dennis Nemec (co-producer)
Lawrence O'Donnell (associate producer) (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.)
Production location(s)Boston
CinematographyKees Van Oostrum
Editor(s)Paul Fried
Running time95 minutes
Production company(s)Telecom Entertainment Inc.
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatmono
Original releaseApril 9, 1986


Fact-based story about a 1975 cover-up of an unjustified shooting of a black man by two white members of the Boston Tactical Unit. While on stakeout on a suspected getaway car used in an armed robbery, the two gunned down a black man who entered the car. The two claimed the man had a gun and they shot in self-defense. Police investigation decided it was a rightful shooting. The man's widow (Lorraine Toussaint) knew her husband would not be carrying a weapon and became determined to prove her husband's innocence. She hired a former cop (Richard Crenna), who had become a lawyer, to prove her case. Working with his four sons (John Shea, Tate Donovan, Tom Isbell, & Dylan Baker), the lawyer team takes on the police force in what eventually proved to be a landmark legal decision.


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