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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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Disturbing See more (49 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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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:
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 »
Quotes:
Martha Beck:Mama, I'm not your little girl!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Moonrise Kingdom (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 9See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Disturbing, 21 February 2010
Author: LeaBlacks_Balls from New Jersey

Based on the true story of Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, who met through a lonely-hearts correspondence club, Ray (Tony Lo Bianco) is sleazy and untrustworthy; Martha (Shirley Stoler) is obese, compulsive, and needy. Together, they play out a horrifying scheme in which he lures lonely women out on dates and proposes marriage to them, while she pretends to be his sister. After the marriage ceremonies, they take the womens savings and then murder them in cold blood.

The way this film is shot, with its grainy black and white footage, murky sound, bright whites and dark shadows, only adds to its incredibly unsettling nature. Watching this is almost like watching a documentary, and occasionally, a snuff film.

Though the acting from the supporting cast is a bit iffy at times, the two leads are excellent. Particularly Shirley Stoller. While Lo Bianco creates one of the most hateful slime-balls I've ever seen, Stoller dominates this film. Her Martha is a frightening, unpleasant, disgusting woman, who is as ugly on the inside as she is on the outside. Her evil nature fills the frame whenever she is on screen.

If you're looking for a fast paced thriller, look elsewhere. The pacing in this movie is slow, which only adds to the disturbing documentary feel. But if you want to see a movie where character comes first, and action second, seek this classic out.

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