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The Honeymoon Killers -- Based on a true story, The Honeymoon Killers is a stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go to find true love, from brutally immoral killings to a passion that transcends all bounds.

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Writer:
Leonard Kastle (written by)
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Release Date:
4 February 1970 (USA) See more »
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One of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of American Crime. See more »
Plot:
An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Simply one of THE great American movies! See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Shirley Stoler ... Martha Beck

Tony Lo Bianco ... Ray Fernandez
Mary Jane Higby ... Janet Fay

Doris Roberts ... Bunny
Kip McArdle ... Delphine Downing

Marilyn Chris ... Myrtle Young
Dortha Duckworth ... Mrs. Beck - Martha's Mother
Barbara Cason ... Evelyn Long
Ann Harris ... Doris
Mary Breen ... Rainelle Downing
Elsa Raven ... Matron
Mary Engel ... Lucy
Guy Sorel ... Mr. Dranoff
Michael Haley ... Jackson (as Mike Haley)
Diane Asselin ... Severns
William Adams ... Justice of the Peace (as Col. William Adams)
Eleanor Adams ... Mrs. Hand
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Directed by
Leonard Kastle 
Donald Volkman (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Leonard Kastle (written by)

Produced by
Paul Asselin .... associate producer
Warren Steibel .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Oliver Wood (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Brophy 
Stanley Warnow  (as Stan Warnow)
 
Production Management
Michael Haley .... production manager (as Mike Haley)
 
Sound Department
Tom Dillinger .... sound mixer
Fred Kamiel .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Berger .... assistant camera
Mike Grover .... lighting assistant
Richard Tenneson .... lighting assistant
Spencer Trova .... camera assistant
Bobby Vercruse .... head gaffer (as Robert Veracruse)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martha Fogg .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Tikki Goldberg .... assistant editor
Janet Lauretano .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Diane Asselin .... script girl
John Haley .... production assistant
Warren Steibel .... presenter
Paul Sweeney .... assistant to producer
 
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Runtime:
108 min | USA:115 min (original version)
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Certification:
Australia:M (re-rating) (2004) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1971) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1971) | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2005) | Norway:16 (1971) | Singapore:PG | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Originally to be directed by Martin Scorsese, but he was replaced after a week of shooting due to creative differences by Donald Volkman who was subsequently replaced by Leonard Kastle. Scorsese was fired because he was filming every scene in master shots and not shooting close-ups or other coverage, making the film impossible to edit. According to Kastle's interview with the Criterion collection, the ultimate moment that caused Scorsese's firing was trying to get close-up on a coffee-cup lit perfectly for the intended tone.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the scene on the bus with the dead victim of Martha and Ray, there is a long shot of the woman's face with her eyes somewhat googly and her tongue sticking out, as you hear the bus driver exclaiming her death, etc. Towards the end of the shot, if you watch the woman's face, you can see her tongue move.See more »
Quotes:
Martha Beck:[after making their first kill] Do you want the light on or off?
Raymond Fernandez:Leave the light on. I want to make love.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Battle Hymn Of The RepublicSee more »

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16 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Simply one of THE great American movies!, 31 July 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'The Honeymoon Killers' is easily one of the most underrated movies of all time. Often unfairly ignored as "just" a b-movie, or half remembered as trivia - the movie Scorsese nearly directed - it is in fact close to perfect, and one of the finest of all American movies dealing with murder. Why writer/director Leonard Kastle didn't make any other movies after this brilliant debut is both a mystery and a tragedy. His work is so impressive and fresh here, who knows what he could have been capable of. He may have turned out to be one of the greats, and even rivaled Scorsese, or Coppola, both having had a similar starts with low budget genre material (see 'Bloody Mama' and 'Dementia 13', their respective collaborations with king of the quickies Roger Corman).

The late Shirley Stoler is a knockout as bored nurse Martha Beck, and Tony Lo Bianco is equally impressive as her Spanish con man boyfriend Raymond Fernandez. Sadly neither actor got the career breaks they deserved. Stoler had small supporting roles in credible movies like 'Klute' and 'The Deer Hunter', and cult favourites like 'Frankenhooker' and 'Miami Blues', but always seemed to overlooked because of her weight. Lo Bianco starred in excellent sleepers like 'The Seven-Ups' and 'God Told Me To', but more often than not ended up as second-Mafioso-on-the-left in crappy movies like 'Boiling Point' and 'The Juror'. Too bad, both are brilliant here and had the potential to go on to better things.

'The Honeymoon Killers' is a minor masterpiece and should be essential viewing for all movie buffs. Don't miss this one!

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