A Death of Innocence

A Death of Innocence is a 1971 American made-for-television drama film directed by Paul Wendkos.

A Death of Innocence
Based onA Death of Innocence novel by Zelda Popkin
Written byJoseph Stefano
Directed byPaul Wendkos
StarringShelley Winters
Arthur Kennedy
Tisha Sterling
Ann Sothern
Music byMorton Stevens
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Mark Carliner
CinematographyBen Colman
Editor(s)Gene Fowler Jr.
Running time73 minutes
Production company(s)CBS
Original networkCBS[1]
Original releaseNovember 26, 1971 (1971-11-26)[1]


A woman attends the murder trial of her daughter.



The film was very successful in the ratings[2] being the second most watched movie on U.S. television during 1971 after Brian's Song with a Nielsen rating of 30.8 and an audience share of 55% (the share being more than Brian's Song's 48%).[1]


  1. "Made-For-TV Movie Rankings". Variety. January 25, 1972. p. 81.
  2. Made-for-TV movies find big ratings. (1972, Apr 09). The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/148353437
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