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Chiefs 

Three generations of police chiefs for a southern town go about their jobs while a serial murderer operates.
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1983  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Charlton Heston ...  Hugh Holmes 3 episodes, 1983
Keith Carradine ...  Foxy Funderburke 3 episodes, 1983
Stephen Collins ...  Billy Lee 3 episodes, 1983
Brad Davis ...  Sonny Butts 3 episodes, 1983
Tess Harper ...  Carrie Lee 3 episodes, 1983
Wayne Rogers ...  Will Henry Lee 3 episodes, 1983
Paul Sorvino ...  Sheriff Skeeter Willis 3 episodes, 1983
Victoria Tennant ...  Trish Lee 3 episodes, 1983
Billy Dee Williams ...  Tyler Watts (aka Joshua Cole) 3 episodes, 1983
Lane Smith ...  Hoss Spence 3 episodes, 1983
Leo Burmester ...  Emmett Spence 2 episodes, 1983
Kaiulani Lee Kaiulani Lee ...  Mrs. Butts 2 episodes, 1983
Novella Nelson ...  Nellie Cole 2 episodes, 1983
J. Kenneth Campbell ...  Dr. Tom Manton 2 episodes, 1983
James Brown Henderson James Brown Henderson ...  Pieback Johnson 2 episodes, 1983
Leon Rippy ...  Tommy Allen 2 episodes, 1983
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Storyline

This series tells the story of a southern town's police chiefs and the serial murderer who confounds them. Will Henry Lee is the first chief, an easygoing man who works to establish the position while the murderer begins his havoc. The second is a violent racist who stumbles about his job as the murderer continues his. Tyler Watts is the final chief in the story, an African-American cop who must deal with the virulent racism of his community while he puts together the pieces to finally bring the murderer to justice. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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An epic adventure seeming with power, love and hatred.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chefia See more »

Filming Locations:

Chester, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Highgate Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It is interesting to note that Tyler's wife, Liz, is worried that he will be recognized in Delano, since he grew up there. Her fears are well founded, when Pieback Johnson, the town drunk, recognizes him, but no one makes anything of it. Later, when Tyler pulls over Hoss Spence, and Hoss attacks him with a cane, Tyler has flashbacks to when Hoss attacked him as a boy for spilling milk. However, Hoss should have recognized Tyler, and did not. See more »

Quotes

John Howell: You were a good friend of Roosevelt's, weren't you sir?
Hugh Holmes: I was an unshakable admirer of FDR's... Completely convinced he was ruining the country.
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Alternate Versions

There is a video version that sometimes shows up on cable. It cuts the running time from six to four hours and mainly skims the middle story of Sonny Butts. See more »

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Remade as Chiefs (2018) See more »

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Great Story: I would Give It A+
21 February 2002 | by dlpSee all my reviews

Charlton Heston, was a great narrator in this series. Through three generations, how murders were happening under their noses. The murderer was among them. Each Chief investigated the murders. I didn't like Sonny Butts. He was a womanizer and likewise wasn't police material. They should have found another Will Henry Lee. It did keep your attention. However you know the murderer, from the first.


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