Death Sentence
Based onAfter the Trial
by Eric Roman
Written byJohn Neufeld
Directed byE.W. Swackhamer
StarringCloris Leachman
Laurence Luckinbill
Nick Nolte
Alan Oppenheimer
Music byLaurence Rosenthal
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersAaron Spelling
Leonard Goldberg
CinematographyTim Southcott
EditorLeon Carrere
Running time74 minutes
Production companiesSpelling-Goldberg Productions
20th Century Fox Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • October 2, 1974 (1974-10-02)

Death Sentence (also titled Murder One)[1] is a 1974 American made-for-television crime film directed by E.W. Swackhamer and starring Cloris Leachman and Laurence Luckinbill.[2][3][4] It is based on the 1968 novel After the Trial by Eric Roman.[5][6]


A juror in a murder case begins to believe that the man on trial is innocent of the crime, and then discovers that the real killer is actually her own husband.


See also


  1. ^ Roberts, Jerry (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 578
  2. ^ Fisher, Kieran (22 March 2020). "Nick Nolte Plays Against Type In 1974's 'Death Sentence'". Film School Rejects. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  3. ^ Clark, Amy (23 June 2006). "Aaron Spelling Dies At 83". CBS News. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  4. ^ Thomas, Bob (25 June 2006). "Prime-time life ends with long list of credits". The Age. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  5. ^ Deal, David (2011). Television Fright Films of the 1970s. McFarland. ISBN 41
  6. ^ McKenna, Michael (2013). The ABC Movie of the Week: Big Movies for the Small Screen. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 223