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The Marcus-Nelson Murders is a 1973 television film written by Abby Mann from a book by Selwyn Raab, directed by Joseph Sargent, and starring Telly Savalas, Marjoe Gortner, José Ferrer
José Ferrer
and Ned Beatty. The police procedural film, which aired on The CBS
CBS
Thursday Night Movie on March 8, 1973, served as the pilot for the subsequent television series Kojak, although in this version Savalas's character's name is spelled "Kojack". The supporting cast features Chita Rivera, Bruce Kirby, Tol Avery
Tol Avery
and Robert Walden; and the plot of the film was based upon the true story of the sensational 1963 case dubbed by the media as the "Career Girls Murders," in which two working women were raped and murdered. The opening and closing titles of the film emphasize that it was a fictional account of the events that helped to lead to the creation of the Miranda warning
Miranda warning
by the U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
in the 1966 case Miranda v. Arizona. The film's running time is 2 hours and 17 minutes. Cast[edit]

Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
as Lt. Theo Kojack ( Kojak
Kojak
in the series) Marjoe Gortner as Teddy Hopper José Ferrer
José Ferrer
as Jake Weinhaus Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty
as Det. Dan Corrigan Allen Garfield
Allen Garfield
as Mario Portello Lorraine Gary as Ruthie Roger Robinson as Bobby Martin Harriet Karr as Cindy Gene Woodbury as Lewis Humes William Watson as Det. Matt Black Val Bisoglio as Det. Lou Jacarrino Antonia Rey as Rita Alvarez Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
as Josie Hopper Bruce Kirby as Sgt. Dan McCartney Robert Walden as Maurice Fisher Tol Avery
Tol Avery
as Justice Redding

External links[edit]

The Marcus-Nelson Murders on IMDb

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