This three-part dramatization of Thomas Thompson's novel focuses on three close-knit high-school graduates from Texas who set out on their quests for fame under a cloud: the cover-up of the rape and possible murder of a teen-age girl. T.J. Luther: Michael Beck. Mack Crawford: Joseph Bottoms. Kleber Cantrell: Ben Masters. Ceil: Karen Austin.
Conclusion. Courtroom testimony and flashbacks re-create the murder at the reunion of "the three princes" that took place in the same Texas cabin where 25 years ago, according to T.J., "evil first tainted our lives." Kleber: Ben Masters. Mack: Joseph Bottoms. T.J.: Michael Beck. Calvin Sledge: Hal Holbrook. Otto Leo: Ned Beatty. Susan: Tess Harper.
Part 2. In the 1960s, Mack (Joseph Bottoms) seeks success as a movie actor; Kleber (Ben Masters) makes his mark as a journalist covering the civil-rights movement; and T.J. (Michael Beck) turns revivalist preacher. Ceil: Karen Austin. Susan: Tess Harper. Regina: Debbie Allen. Casey: James Whitmore. Millie: Anne Haney. Sledge: Hal Holbrook.