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Dunsmore (2003)

R | | Drama | 15 April 2003 (USA)
An investigator from the state attorney general's office is sent to a small Southern town to investigate a strange murder.

Director:

Peter Spirer

Writer:

Michael Andrews
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Credited cast:
Jeannetta Arnette ... Irma Pritcher
Rus Blackwell ... Sheriff Cal Miller
W. Earl Brown ... Ronny Roy Pritcher
Jeff Chase ... Boone
Barry Corbin ... Sheriff Breen
Dana Emberson ... Lute Meetchum
Kadeem Hardison ... Walter Taylor
Christian Kebbel Christian Kebbel ... Young Ronny Roy Pritcher
Alicia Lagano ... Ruby Pritcher
Brian Lally ... Verlon Roscoe
Alan Lilly ... Lou Perkins
Bob Lipka Bob Lipka ... Marv Collier
Shannon McClung ... Charley Norton
J.W. Moore ... Billy Hill
Brett Rice ... Rev. Borland
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An investigator from the state attorney general's office is sent to a small Southern town to investigate a strange murder.

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There's what you know, and there's what you think you know...

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Drama

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Rated R for strong violence, sexual content and language

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No real surprise
9 July 2005 | by thisissheSee all my reviews

Movies set in small towns in the south tend to have one of two storyline- racial tensions between white and black or a glimpse into the life of the poor town dwellers. "Dunsmore" centered around the murder of a town bully, played wonderfully by W. Earl Brown of Deadwood fame so I gave it a chance. The character he plays, Ronny Roy Pritcher, intimidates his way out of courtrooms and into getting anything he desires, including an underage girl. Within the first few scenes of the movie the audience can see every man, woman and child is afraid of him. However not much is said by the soon to be dead Pritcher so most of the movie relies on flashbacks. After Pritcher dies from multiple gunshot wounds, the press and the Attorney General's office are wondering who to blame.

Walter Taylor( Kadeem Hardison) , an Attorney General office member, is sent to look into the killing and make sure the sheriff is doing his job. His belief he's doing what's best for Pritcher, a man he didn't know, forces him to continue questioning the town to motive. It's evident in his words and actions he doesn't understand the world he's walked into but lets his ideas of justice lead him blindly. All the parts were played to perfection as when we first meet most characters their expressions and attitudes form our opinion of them. With most of the tales of people's relationships with Pritcher told in flashback it got to be a little momentous. Not to mention, after hearing the kind of man Pritcher was, what person would continue to help find him justice? I couldn't fathom it.

Even though I continued watching, I felt no real drive to find out who killed Ronny Pritcher. The stories of his brutality add up until even the viewer is hoping the Attorney General's man returns to the city and leaves things alone. From the beginning it's obvious who shoots Pritcher which left me wondering what the point of the movie was. Did the director intend for it to be a character study of the small town?

To me, this movie was well done but without twists or a shocking end, comes up short. If one wants to watch a bad criminal and bully meet their end then perhaps it is enjoyable. I on the other hand take my murder mystery movies with a little more mystery.


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