Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Seeking Justice - and a Child Patty Duke and Martin Sheen Play Parents of Murdered Marine in Miniseries

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Seeking Justice - and a Child Patty Duke and Martin Sheen Play Parents of Murdered Marine in Miniseries

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PATTY DUKE, who played a grandmother seeking custody of her grandchild in the recent docudrama "No Child of Mine," offers a variation on the theme in "A Matter of Justice," a two-part story airing at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday on Channel 5.

This time, Duke teams with Martin Sheen in the fact-based drama, in which parents search for the truth about their son's murder and attempt to take back his young daughter from the wife they believe murdered him.

The drama begins as Mary and Jack Brown (Duke and Sheen) reluctantly watch their teen-age son Chris (played by Jason London, seen in PBS' recent "I'll Fly Away: Then and Now") leave home to join the Marines.

Soon after entering the service, he falls for an alluring older woman named Dusty (new "L.A. Law" regular Alexandra Powers), whom he marries secretly. They have a child, and not long after that, Chris is viciously murdered.

The grief-stricken Mary becomes convinced that Dusty had something to do with Chris' killing and sets out to win custody of her granddaughter, Christine. After fighting a seemingly endless stream of bureaucratic red tape, she achieves her goal, only to find that Dusty has already taken the child out of the state.

Mary then summons all her remaining resolve to retrieve the child and to ensure that Dusty pays a just penalty for her apparent role in Chris' death.

Charles S. Dutton ("Roc") and - Jeff Kober ("China Beach") also appear in the drama, which has TV-movie veteran Leonard Hill ("I Can Make You Love Me: The Stalking of Laura Black," "False Arrest") as executive producer.

"Ever since I was a child," Duke reflects, "I really got to know the importance of `not giving up,' as Annie Sullivan put it." (Duke, who won an Oscar in 1962 for playing Sullivan's pupil, Helen Keller, in "The Miracle Worker," later won an Emmy for playing Sullivan in the TV remake.)

"Anytime I meet anyone who shows a particular ability to stick to what is right and true, and to fight for it, it engenders in me - great admiration," Duke continues.

That is how Duke says she responded to the real-life Mary Brown, whom she met toward the end of filming "A Matter of Justice" last summer. …

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