Film and Video    1963-1988


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ALL THE WAY HOME (1963)  Paramount
Mr. Cullum's feature film debut.

 Drama about a father's death, seen through the eyes of his young son.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tad Mosel; from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "A Death in the Family" by James Agee; Directed by Alex Segal
Cast:  Jean Simmons, Robert Preston, Pat Hingle, Aline MacMahon, Thomas Chalmers, John Cullum (Andrew Lynch, character based on Agee's uncle), Michael Kearney
Set in early 1900s Knoxville, Tennessee, and filmed in Knoxville and the surrounding area.
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HAMLET (1964)  Warner Brothers

Filmed Broadway Play, Tragic Drama.  Special event release (to 1000 theaters for one weekend only) in September 1964.
By William Shakespeare; Directed by John Gielgud
Cast: Richard Burton, Hume Cronyn, Alfred Drake, Eileen Herlie,  William Redfield, George Rose, George Voskovec, John Cullum (Laertes), Linda Marsh, Robert Milli, Clement Fowler, Michael Ebert, Barnard Hughes, Robert Burr, Voice of John Gielgud.
Released on VHS by BMG Video (1995, OOP), and on DVD by Image Entertainment (1999)
See also  Credits/Broadway and Recordings
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HAWAII (1966)  United Artists

 Epic Drama about the arrival of American missionaries in Hawaii in the early 1800s.
Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo and Daniel Taradash, from the novel by James Michener; Directed by George Roy Hill; Produced by Walter Mirisch
Cast: Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman, Carroll O'Connor, Jocelyne LaGarde, Manu Tupou, Ted Nobriga, Elizabeth Logue, John Cullum (Reverend Immanuel Quigley), George Rose, Lou Antonio, Torin Thatcher, Michael Constantine, Heather Menzies, Bette Midler
Originally released at 188 minutes.  TV versions run 151 or 171  minutes. Released on VHS by MGM/UA at 171 minutes, and in a RESTORED widescreen 188-minute version (2 VHS tapes).  Restored version also issued on laserdisc.
The 2005 MGM Home Entertainment DVD release is widescreen and runs 161 minutes. 
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1776 (1972)  Columbia Pictures

Musical about the writing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring the United States' independence from Great Britian, in the year 1776. Based on the hit Broadway play, the film version  includes many members of the Broadway cast.
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards, Book by Peter Stone;  Directed by Peter H. Hunt; Produced by Jack L. Warner
Cast: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden, John Cullum (Edward Rutledge, SC), Roy Poole, David Ford, Ron Holgate, Ray Middleton, Williiam Hansen, Blythe Danner, Virginia Vestoff, Emory Bass, Ralston Hill, Howard Caine, Patrick Hines, William Duell, Daniel Keys, Leo Leyden, Stephen Nathan, Jonathan Moore, James Noble, John Myhers, Rex Robbins, Charles Rule, Mark Montgomery

First VHS release 1983 by RCA/Columbia Home Video (with "simulated stereo" soundtrack, pan-and-scan picture).  Various VHS releases listed at 141 or 148 minutes, but there is no apparent difference between the tapes, when played side-by-side, so the timing appears to have been in error.
Released on laserdisc (LD) by Columbia in the pan-and-scan version, and later (1992) by Pioneer Special Editions in a 180 minute*, widescreen restored version with digital stereo soundtrack and a second audio track featuring an interview with director Peter Hunt. (The original, long trailer  (preview) for "1776" was included on the Pioneer Special Editions LD of "Oliver!")

"Director's Cut" DVD released July 2, 2002 by Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment at 166 minutes*, widescreen, with Dolby digital soundtrack and second audio track featuring commentary by director Peter Hunt and author Peter Stone, and the original short trailer. 

*Restored footage in the Pioneer LD and DVD versions includes the musical number "Cool, Conservative Men," (depicted on the DVD cover -- bottom, group photo) cut by Warner from the original film, just before release, reportedly for political reasons). 
See also Credits/Broadway, Television/Guest appearances (Ed Sullivan Show) and Recordings
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ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY (TV,1978, rated PG)

Based on Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Medal-winning novel "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" and her novel "Song of the Trees," this is a drama of a Mississippi black family's struggle to keep their land and their dignity during the depression -- all as seen through the eyes of  their young daughter, Cassie Logan.
Written by Arthur Heinemann, Directed by Jack Smight. 
Cast:  Claudia McNeil, Janet MacLachlan, Robert Christian, Larry B. Scott, Roy Poole, Rockne Tarkington; Special Guest Stars John Cullum (Mr. Jamison) and Morgan Freeman; Introducing Lark Ruffin (Cassie), Tony Ross, Rodney King Adams, Eric Dunnaway. 

First VHS release by KingBee Video. 

THE DAY AFTER (TV,1983)
International Theatrical Release; Originally produced for ABC Television. ABC Circle Films. 

Realistic Drama about a nuclear war between the United States and the USSR, as seen by the residents of Lawrence, Kansas, USA. (Director Meyer has said that this is the "optimistic" version of that scenario -- in the pessimistic version, no one would survive the attacks.)
Written by Edward Hume; Directed by Nicholas Meyer
Cast: Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steven Guttenberg, John Cullum (farmer Jim Dahlberg), John Lithgow, Bibi Besch (Eve Dahlberg), Lori Lethin, Amy Madigan, Jeff East, William Allen Young, Arliss Howard.
Version originally shown on television ran 120 minutes, commercial-free.  Cut by 23 minutes for network rerun.  International theatrical  release and most video and international DVD releases run approximately 126 minutes (some in widescreen).  Some releases have commentary tracks.  There's also a "4-hour rough cut" (3 hours running time) version that was never publicly shown or released.  This is the full version that the director planned on showing on TV across two nights.
The 2004 US DVD release is full screen and runs 127 minutes. 
Also see Credits: Television Films and Specials
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THE PRODIGAL (1983)  World Wide Pictures

Christian Drama about a Seattle family torn apart when a son "walks away from his family... their lifestyle... their God." 
Written and directed by James J. Collier; Produced by William F. Brown and Ken Wales
Cast: John Hammond, Hope Lange, John Cullum (Elton Stuart), Morgan Brittany, Ian Bannen, Joey Travolta, introducing Arliss Howard, with special appearance by Billy Graham
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MARIE (1985)  (alternate title: "Marie: A True Story")
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Dino De Laurentiis Productions

Fact-based Drama about Marie Ragghianti, Chairman of the Tennessee Parole Board, who risked her job, her family and her life to reveal the corruption she discovered in the office of Governor Ray Blanton.
Written by John Briley, based on the book (Marie: A True Story) by Peter Mass; Directed by Roger Donaldson; Produced by Frank Capra Jr. and Elliot Schick
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Jeff Daniels, Keith Szarabajka, Morgan Freeman, Fred Dalton Thompson (as himself), John Cullum (the Deputy Attorney General), Don Hood
Released on VHS by MGM/UA
Notes:  This was the first film role by Fred Thompson, attorney to the real Marie. Thompson became a popular character actor, and then succeeded Al Gore as U.S. Senator from Tennessee.   Thompson now portrays the District Attorney on Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit, and in one episode called John Cullum's recurring character (a defense attorney) a "Tennessee Weasel!"
Film credits on IMDB
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