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Word of Honor
Written byI.C. Rapoport
Screenplay byDavid Ackles
Douglas Graham
Story byDavid Ackles
Douglas Graham
Directed byMel Damski
StarringKarl Malden
Rue McClanahan
Ron Silver
Theme music composerBruce Langhorne
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersSusan Clark
Alex Karras
ProducersJohn C. Dutton
G. Chevalier Kevorkian (associate producer)
Production locationsDaily Tribune - Royal Oak, Michigan
Seminole Hills - Pontiac, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Penniman Market - 820 Penniman Avenue, Plymouth, Michigan
CinematographyJules Brenner
EditorJohn Farrell
Running time96 min.
Production companies20th Century Fox Television
Georgian Bay Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseJanuary 6, 1981 (1981-01-06)

Word of Honor is a 1981 television film co-written by David Ackles and I.C. Rapoport. It first aired on 6 January 1981 starred Karl Malden and featured appearances by a young Ron Silver and the film debut of John Malkovich. It was directed by Mel Damski. This film was produced by Alex Karras and his wife Susan Clark. Karras often makes cameo appearances in films he produces; in this film he appeared as Penniman Butcher (uncredited). Much of this film was shot in Michigan in places such as Plymouth, where the opening beauty-pageant scene was shot. The newsroom shots were filmed at The Daily Tribune offices in Royal Oak and the real-life editors and reporters were used as extras. Residential shots, including the main characters' home, was shot in the Seminole Hills subdivision of Pontiac.


A reporter refuses to reveal his source in the case of the murder of a young girl. As a result, he and his family are shunned by the residents of the small town in which they live. Virtually no one comes to his daughter's wedding, and at his office, the police search his desk, and his boss threatens to fire him.


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