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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Television
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Studio:
Marian Rees Associates

Cast

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
G.D. Spradlin
as Sam Jennings
John Philbin
as Bradford Erskine
Richard Bradford
as Gen. Willard P. Hauer
Brian Tarantina
as Spec-4 Beyer
Richard Brooks (VI)
as Booker T. Douglas
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Audience Reviews for Resting Place

½

Weak script is overcome with the strong premise, acting, & direction. Feels like a TV-movie-of-the-week, but don't let that fool you. This is a powerful drama - especially for those that may have lost friends or family to combat.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

This little made for TV film is absolutely average, but John Lithgow's performance was great. I do love me some good old-fashioned southern douchbag racism. If I was the black feller, having died "serving my country", I'd have asked to be buried in a different country.

Gaspar Oot
Gaspar Oot

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