Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Don Johnson (Miami Vice) plays a man forced to confront the demons of his past in the Turner Network Television (TNT) Original film WORD OF HONOR, a gripping courtroom thriller based on Nelson DeMille's best-selling novel. Jeanne Tripplehorn (The Firm), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), John Heard (TNT's Monday Night Mayhem) and Arliss Howard (The Lost World: Jurassic Park) also star. The film is directed by Robert Markowitz (The Tuskegee Airmen; Decoration Day) from a teleplay by Jacob Epstein (Without a Trace) & Leslie Greif (Walker, Texas Ranger; The Maddening) and Jean-Yves Pitoun and Tom Topor (Perfect Murder, Perfect Town). It is executive-produced by Michael Jaffe and Howard Braunstein (The Rosa Parks Story, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific) for Jaffe/Braunstein Films Ltd and Wendy Hill-Tout of Voice Pictures. Lance Robbins (Les Miserables) executive-produces for the Robbins Entertainment Group, and Greif (TNT's Monday Night Mayhem) executive-produces for The Greif Company. WORD OF HONOR will premiere on TNT Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) with a special encore on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
In the film, Johnson plays Ben Tyson, a brilliant corporate executive and family man who finds his world threatened when he is accused of participating in a hospital massacre that occurred 30 years earlier, when he was an Army lieutenant during the Vietnam War. A member of his old platoon, Dr. Steven Brandt (Heard), decides to seek redemption for his soul after learning that he is dying of cancer. Brandt speaks of the events with the press, putting Tyson, his wife (Lawrence) and son in the eye of a storm of relentless tabloid journalism and political maneuvering. At the suggestion of his former boss, Tyson hires a seemingly down home country lawyer (Howard), whose folksiness belies a brilliant legal mind.
JAG officer Maj. Harper (Tripplehorn) leads the investigation to determine whether charges will be brought against Tyson and his former platoon. But Tyson remains true to the pact of silence he made with his men 30 years earlier. As a result, Harper finds herself hitting a brick wall and questioning everyone's story. As his lawyer tries to defend him during a court martial, Tyson finds his loyalties divided among the family he loves, the men who were under his command and the Army seeking to hold him responsible for the massacre. Only after a surprise eyewitness to the tragic event comes forward does the truth finally come to light. This thought-provoking drama explores the moral issues of guilt, innocence and culpability in wartime.