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A Killing in a Small Town (1990)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 22 May 1990
The gory ax-murder of one mousy, suburban Texas housewife by another is nearly as shocking as the excuse offered by the bespectacled defendant's attorney: self-defense. Could it be so?

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Stephen Gyllenhaal

Writers:

John Bloom (book), James Atkinson (book) (as Jim Atkinson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hershey ... Candy Morrison
Brian Dennehy ... Ed Reivers
John Terry ... Stan Blankenship
Richard Gilliland ... Dale Morrison
Lee Garlington ... Peggy Blankenship
Hal Holbrook ... Dr. Beardsley
Matthew Posey ... Norman Billings
James Monroe Black James Monroe Black ... Dr. Giles (as James Black)
Dennis Letts ... Chief McAlester
Marco Perella ... Rick Slocum
Norman Bennett ... Jim Ramsey
Jerry Haynes ... Judge Scott
Rodger Boyce ... Rex Staples
Daphne Eckler Daphne Eckler ... Dede Alexander
Jan DeWitt Jan DeWitt ... Connie Keating
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In a quiet Texas town, Candy Morrison and her husband, Dale, seem to live an ordinary life -- but that all changes when she begins sleeping with her husband's friend Stan Blankenship. When Stan's wife winds up dead -- the victim of a brutal ax murder -- Candy's arrest leaves the community in disbelief. And, as her attorney Ed Reivers attempts to prove her innocence, he makes a shocking discovery about his client. Written by Jwelch5742

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Axtmörderin See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Based on the true-crime book "Evidence of Love," by John Bloom, better known by his alter ego of Drive-In movie critic Joe Bob Briggs. See more »

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Gut-wrenching drama, exceptionally well-made
24 May 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

How is it a mild-mannered, small town woman can hack her best friend to death with an axe and say she's not guilty? This startling, disturbing, gripping TV-movie provides the answer in amazing fashion, thanks to Barbara Hershey's flawless acting and Stephen Gyllenhaal's taut, vivid direction (this is a director who loves molding an atmosphere for his characters, making their surroundings as perplexing and eerie as they are). The murder sequence (told well in flashback) is not sensationally presented, yet it had me glued to the screen. Hershey is further complimented by an excellent supporting cast. What an amazing job this is!


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