Resting Place (1986)




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Set in 1972, The Resting Place stars John Lithgow as an Army major who accompanies the body of a young black lieutenant killed in action to the dead man's Georgia home town. Though the local cemetery is for whites only, the town's resident liberal has paid for a plot for the deceased lieutenant. Lithgow attempts to convince the racially divided community that the boy deserves to be buried in the segregated cemetery because he died a hero--but in so doing, the major unearths evidence that the lieutenant may have been "fragged" by his own troops. While it might seem that far too many issues are being raised for a mere two hours' screen time, Walter Halsey Davis' script successfully balances all the elements, and the results are both provocative and moving. The Resting Place was originally presented as a Hallmark Hall of Fame special on April 27, 1986.


John Lithgow
as Maj. Kendall Laird
Richard Brooks
as Booker T. Douglas
Morgan Freeman
as Luther Johnson
CCH Pounder
as Ada Johnson
Frances Sternhagen
as Eudora McCallister
John Philbin
as Bradford Erskine
G.D. Spradlin
as Sam Jennings
Richard Bradford
as Gen. Willard P. Hauer
Brian Tarantina
as Spec-4 Beyer
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