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Right to Kill? (1985)

Based on true story of teens Richard and Deborah Jahnke charged in Wyoming for the killing of their abusive father.

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Richard Jahnke Sr.
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Richard Jahnke Jr.
Karmin Murcelo ...
Maria Jahnke
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Deborah Jahnke
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Eve Whitcomb
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Jim Barrett
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Vera Scofield
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Maj. Eckworth
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Candy
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Mr. Harris
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Det. Roberts
Robert Ginnaven ...
Det. Marquez
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Based on true story of teens Richard and Deborah Jahnke charged in Wyoming for the killing of their abusive father.

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A gun separates the men...from the boys.

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Crime | Drama

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22 May 1985 (USA)  »

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Aftodikia  »

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Truly thought provoking movie.
1 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film was not what I usually watch. I am into Sci-Fi and Horror mainly so when I started watching this one night I didn't expect to stay with it until the end. I'm glad I did. I now have it on video.

The story is based on true events involving a violent Husband and Father who inflicts physical and mental abuse on his wife and children for what he sees as their weaknesses and failings. The family move around the country quite often and each time they hope it will be a new beginning. Because of the regular moves nobody outside the family ever notices that anything is wrong. So after this last move, to the middle of nowhere and when the violence gets more serious what should they do?

The acting from all the main characters is excellent, the film relies upon the performance of these actor's portrayal of the abuse and how it effects them. You will not see many more compelling films than this one and unless you like only Sci-Fi and Horror to the total exclusion of everything else then you will enjoy this film.


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