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Miller's Tale

Overview

Genre
Biography and Personal Doc
Synopsis

Best known as Father Karras in The Exorcist, Jason Miller experienced a brief but brilliant period of national acclaim, then curiously abandoned Hollywood to return to his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The town reveled in the presence of its local celebrity but not many understood why he had come back. Why did this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who experienced such explosive beginnings never write a Broadway play again? And what happened to Jason in Hollywood that would make him run away?

When Miller died in 2001, filmmaker Rebecca Marshall Ferris set out with a camera to find some answers. Through a personal and intimate narrative, Miller’s Tale examines the themes that weave our lives together: dreams of success, personal failure, passion for art, and small town pride. Featuring Martin Sheen, Paul Sorvino, Stacy Keach, Bruce Dern, and William Friedkin.

Stage
finished
Running time
57 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Cottage Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2004-2011
Locations
Scranton, Pa., New York, NY., Los Angeles, CA
Prod. Partners
ITVS

Distribution Details

Release year
2011
Distribution
ITVS, available to PBS stations via NETA.
Language
English

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