A Death in California (1985)

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A Beverly Hills socialite embarks on a love/hate relationship with a psychotic businessman who murdered her fiance and then raped and terrorized her which leads to a bizarre trial.

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 Hope Masters (2 episodes, 1985)
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 D. Jordan Williams (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Honey Niven (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Van Niven (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Det. Bob Swalwell (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Asst. Dist. Atty. Jim Heusdens (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Dob Fowler (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Shannon Foley (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Joe Haley (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Glenn (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Ned Nelson (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Gene Brooks (2 episodes, 1985)
Tom Fuccello ...
 Tony Matteo (2 episodes, 1985)
Jennie Gassman ...
 Nancy Ellen (2 episodes, 1985)
Joshua Harris ...
 Tommy (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Bart Finch (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Delores (2 episodes, 1985)
Don Dubbins ...
 Rev. Pruitt (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Ralph Lee (2 episodes, 1985)
Dick McGarvin ...
 Clete Baker (2 episodes, 1985)
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A Beverly Hills socialite embarks on a love/hate relationship with a psychotic businessman who murdered her fiance and then raped and terrorized her which leads to a bizarre trial.

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The two part mini-series was filmed entirely on locations. The house interiors were filmed in Brentwood. The horse ranch was filmed in the Malibou Canyon below Mullholland. Lorimar Television's offices were located at the MGM-Sony Studio in Culver City. When Lorimar used a sound stage for any of their productions, a percentage charge would be incurred by the production paid to the studio. By not filming on the lot, this (on-lot filming) charge exempted the production. A show production office was established in an off lot office rental facility maintained by Lorimar. The Lorimar art department, construction, paint, sign-shop, property departments remained on the lot unaffected by this additional rate charge. See more »

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Hope's motivation
13 April 2007 | by (Marblehead, MA) – See all my reviews

I know very well what Hope's motivation was in cooperating with Walker, since I worked with her for months on this story.

She was most of all concerned for the welfare of her children, whom Walker had threatened, as well her own safety.

Since he was demonstrably a killer -- a shot in her boyfriend's head proved that -- she had every reason to believe he'd fulfill his threats to her and her kids. She cooperated the same way any prisoner does with terrorist captors: do what it takes to survive.

She wasn't some unwitting or dimwitted airhead. Survival was her motivation and she succeeded. How well or how poorly the film showed that is for others to say.


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