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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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4 February 1970 (USA) See more »
One of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of American Crime. See more »
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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  (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

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
Crew believed to be complete

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108 min | USA:115 min (original version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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 »
Anachronisms: A copy of the album "Whipped Cream & Other Delights" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass is clearly visible in Martha's apartment. The album was released in 1965, while the movie takes place prior to 1951, according to the message at the end.See more »
Martha Beck:Mama, I'm not your little girl!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Moonrise Kingdom (2012)See more »
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14 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Shocking Degeneracy, 14 December 2002
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

I went downtown to see some widescreen extravaganza at a Duplex Cinema and when I bought my ticket realized I'd been standing in the wrong line. (The story of my life.) Instead of seeing some technicolorama epic I wound up seeing this, a cheap black-and-white true crime story. Well, felix culpa! I emerged shocked. At the time of its release there was nothing quite like it. Two small-time murdering cons deeply in love with one another in some twisted kind of way. Balding, overacting Tony Lo Bianco. Plumply menacing battleaxe of a nurse, Shirley Stoler. The photography is grainy and primitive. Indoor lamps don't simply cast light -- they glare. The movie's idea of a proper family home looks like something that might be owned by a worker in the Pabst Brewery in Newark. Lo Bianco as Ray is a minor Latin con type, adroit with lonely women, while Stoler, as Martha Beck (great name) is the passionate one, filled with jealousy and rage. I don't know if the victims were supposed to be seen as somehow contemptible, what with their obtuseness and whining, but we never forget that we're dealing with human beings here. The first murder is relatively genteel. Death on a bus follows a poisoning. The next is bone-chilling. To appreciate the shock value of the violence a viewer needs to remember that this was filmed before all the extended gore and homicides we see now in movies like "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer," "Atlantic City," and "Torn Curtain." Previously, when the victim was whacked hard on the head with a claw hammer, he or she slumped forward, decorously dead. Not here. As in "The Assassination of Trotsky," the victim is momentarily stunned, then recovers screaming. The second homicide involves the only use of a directorial touch unusual enough to draw attention to itself. The victim is lying on her back in bed while her two attackers discuss the best way to murder her. The camera concentrates on her uncomprehending and frightened eyes flicking from side to side, then a sharp pan to a pistol pressed against her head, and the sound of a shot. (A contemporary review of the film criticized one of the scenes because we could hear Ray urinating into the toilet bowl offscreen.) The last duet of murders exceeds the limits of any sympathy we might have felt towards the lovers. Ray has promised Martha that he's not going to boff the last victim, whereas, it is revealed, he's been unfaithful -- to Martha, that is. Well, that's enough for Martha. After disposing of both her last rival and child she drops the dime on the two of them. If she can't own Ray exclusively then no one's going to have a piece of him. Ray writes her a love letter in jail. His ability to forgive is almost religious in its magnitude. Either that or he just can't stop telling lies.

This is a true story, and it has the digressions and non sequiturs we find in a real-life script. People get into unexpected and awkward arguments that are accidentally heard offscreen. Ray's sleep is constantly interrupted by Martha arguing with a victim in the next bedroom. The fact that this is based on real events make it all the more scary. Skip Freddy and the rest if you want to be scared out of your wits. Catch this instead.

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