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The Honeymoon Killers -- Martha Beck is sullen, overweight and heartbreakingly alone. Desperate for affection, she joins Aunt Carrie's Friendship Club and strikes up a correspondence with Ray Fernandez, a suave, charismatic smooth talker who could be the man of her dreams--or a wicked con artist bound for trouble.


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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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:RC (original rating) | 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 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Director François Truffaut called this his favorite American film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Martha and Myrtle have an argument and Myrtle tells Martha she intends to take "Charles" with her to Little Rock, a microphone is visible right next to Myrtle. It doesn't look like a boom mic, but rather a handheld one because you can definitely see someone moves it a little to catch Shirley Stoler's line.See more »
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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28 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Awesome docudrama still packs a punch today, 7 October 2000
Author: Casey-52 from DVD Drive-In

THE HONEYMOON KILLERS is a cult film, to be sure. One of those forgotten gems just begging for higher recognition (like SPIDER BABY and DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT!), the film is a realistic portrayal of the true-life murderers who preyed on Lonelyhearts column readers.

Shirley Stoler and Tony LoBianco play the two lovers, Martha and Raymond, who meet through a Lonelyhearts column. When Martha discovers that Raymond is a gigolo who planned on using her for her money, she ditches her job as a nurse, plants her mother in a rest home, and takes off to live with him, becoming his partner in crime. The two genuinely love each other, much like a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde...except Clyde has a heavy Latino accent and Bonnie weighs upwards of 200 pounds! The couple, using aliases, pose as brother and sister as Raymond marries women and Martha steals their valuables. Eventually, Martha's jealousy over Raymond's many women drives her to murder most foul.

Many have compared THE HONEYMOON KILLERS to HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER and BONNIE AND CLYDE. I can safely say that it beats BONNIE AND CLYDE into the ground and gives HENRY a run for its money. Shirley Stoler is absolutely fantastic and deserved much more fame and many more roles than she received. Tony LoBianco is pretty good, too, but is less memorable. In HONEYMOON KILLERS, Martha is in charge of the situation. She is the one who commits the murders, she is the one who bosses Raymond around, she is the one who controls Raymond's choices, and she is eventually the one who gets sentenced to death with her man.

Filmed in lush black and white on grainy film stock and featuring a classical music/public domain soundtrack, THE HONEYMOON KILLERS really does pack a punch today with its cheap documentary-like feel. It would make a perfect double bill with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! Though a little slow to begin with, HONEYMOON KILLERS eventually leaves its soap opera beginnings and delves into the deep, dark side of human nature. It is fascinating to view Martha at the start of the film and witness her drastic change to homicidal maniac. Absolutely essential viewing for any film fan!

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