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Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders (1993)

A woman begins to suspect her handsome, eligible, charming lover is just too good to be true. What she can't imagine is that he is a serial killer of women.


Larry Peerce


Caliope Brattlestreet (as Caliope K. Brattlestreet), Stephen Glantz


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Hamlin ... Steve Catlin
Helen Shaver ... Edie Ballew
K.T. Oslin ... Candy
Terence Knox ... Bobby Ballew
Ed Lauter ... Glen Emory
Frances Lee McCain ... Bea Emory
Daphne Ashbrook ... Dyna
William Lucking ... Detective Sandy Harris
Faith Ford ... Joyce Catlin
Eileen Brennan ... Martha Catlin
Juliette Marshall Juliette Marshall ... Lynda
Michael Bowen ... Detective Culbertson
Steven Anthony Jones Steven Anthony Jones ... Dr. Fortin
Peter Anthony Jacobs Peter Anthony Jacobs ... Coroner
James Hawley Rickman James Hawley Rickman ... John Ballew


Steve Catlin was known as a real lady-killer. But it's his new bride's mysterious death that causes his former wife, Edie Ballew, to question how accurate that nickname really is. With little more than a hunch and the help of an out-of-town detective, Edie secretly pieces together clues that reveal her cunning and smooth-talking ex-husband as a cold, methodical killer. Written by Anonymous

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The true story of a real lady-killer.


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Edie Ballew: When you were married to Steve...
Candy: Yes?
Edie Ballew: I know he was a jerk and all, but he ever do anything rotten, or violent?
Lynda: Excuse me?
[slowly walks away]
Candy: Sweet Jesus, girl, what did he do to you?
Lynda: A real hot day, real hot, he'd just lost his job, he was yelling at me in the car that I spent too much on groceries. He opened the door and he shoved me out, I was just lying there in the road kind of out of it. And he drove right at me. And he turned off at the last minute.
Edie Ballew: You called the police?
Lynda: Who'd believe me?
Edie Ballew: You ...
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Murder so sweet
8 May 2006 | by zeppo-2See all my reviews

The title of 'Murder so sweet' is the one on the DVD I purchased and while not as informative as the original, it does have a nice play on words as to role that ice cream plays in the plot.

A pretty standard 'made for TV' movie of the week type based on a true life incident. About on a par with others we've all seen, this just rises up a little due to the performance of the two leads. Harry Hamlin as the philandering rough diamond charmer is quite convincing as he slowly turns into a ruthless killer when his back is against the wall. And Helen Shaver as his ex-wife is good too in her role of frightened witness who knows something is very wrong but scared of the consequence of her actions in the face of her friends and family.

Somewhat overwrought at times, it holds the attention and doesn't go too overboard in the finale which is quite downbeat after what has gone before. And I suspect is more true to what actually happened in the real life scenario.

All in all, a pleasant enough watch for this genre and all comes to a satisfying conclusion as truth, justice and the American way hold sway in the land of the free. Well....sometimes.

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2 February 1993 (USA) See more »

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Crimes de Elite See more »

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