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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] Nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, 1978. The film is based on the book of the same name by Joan Barthel.[2]

A Death in Canaan
Written byJoan Barthel
Spencer Eastman
Thomas Thompson
Directed byTony Richardson
StarringStefanie Powers
Paul Clemens
Brian Dennehy
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Robert W. Christiansen
Anna Cottle
CinematographyJames Crabe
Editor(s)Bud S. Smith
Running time125 minutes
Production company(s)Chris/Rose Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Original release
  • March 1, 1978 (1978-03-01)

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.[3]




Outdoor scenes were filmed in Ferndale and Eureka, California.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c BFI | Film & TV Database | A DEATH IN CANAAN (1978)
  2. ^ A Death in Canaan. New York: E.P. Dutton (1976)
  3. ^ Meyers, Jeffrey. Privileged Moments: Encounters with Writers. The University of Wisconsin Press (2000).
  4. ^ 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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