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Mike Robe (written by)
James Steven Sadwith (teleplay)
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Release Date:
3 May 1987 (USA) See more »
Based on the true story of a bedroom-eyed Kansas preacher who decided that getting rid of his wife, and his secretary's husband, was the will of the Lord. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Movie is so true to life See more (18 total) »


  (in credits order)

Keith Carradine ... Trooper John Rule

JoBeth Williams ... Lorna Anderson

Kathy Bates ... Bobbi Birk

Guy Boyd ... Mike Buckley

Terence Knox ... Martin Anderson

Darrell Larson ... Ronald Stark

John Goodman ... Hugh Rayburn
Annabella Price ... Sandy Bird

Robert Harper ... Warren

Margot Rose ... Nancy Horst

M. Emmet Walsh ... Vern Humphrey

Terry Kinney ... Tom Bird

Anne E. Curry ... Loraine Rule

Bruce French ... Bruce Linton

Lee Garlington ... Lorna's Friend
Don Hood ... Sergeant Clayton

George McDaniel ... Duane Stark
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Barnhill ... Jason Rule
Patricia Billingsley
Terry Bozeman ... Kevin Lloyd

Larry Brandenburg ... Judge
Robert Britton
Joel Colodner ... Simon Long
Nathan Davis ... Doctor
Dede Dresser

Darrell Fetty ... Bagwell

Johnny Galecki ... Doug Rule

Patricia Gaul ... Paulette

Meg Gibson ... Cheryl (as Margaret Gibson)
Jerry Jarrett
Lee Kessler ... Helen

Michael Krawic ... Bird's Lawyer
William Kuhlke
Tony Lincoln
Angela Locken ... Madge Anderson

Holmes Osborne ... TV Evangelist

Mike Pniewski ... Shanks

Chelcie Ross ... Detective

Ned Schmidtke ... Jeff Ellis
Mary Seibel
Susie Wall ... Peg
Ann Whitney
Hillary Wolf ... Holly Anderson

James Anthony ... Phillip Jordan (uncredited)
Peter Bakely ... Umpire (uncredited)
Drew Dimmel ... TV Reporter (uncredited)
Herk Harvey ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
John Stefano ... Birds' Neighbor (uncredited)

Ben Stephenson ... Canoeist (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Robe 
Writing credits
Mike Robe (written by)

James Steven Sadwith (teleplay) (as James Sadwith)

Mike Robe (story)

Produced by
Zev Braun .... executive producer
Patricia Clifford .... co-producer
Kathleen Cromley .... associate producer
Ted Field .... executive producer
Philip L. Parslow .... producer (as Phil Parslow)
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Terry K. Meade (director of photography) (as Terry K. Meade)
Film Editing by
Michael Eliot  (as Mike Eliot)
Benjamin A. Weissman 
Casting by
Barbara Claman 
Margaret McSharry 
Production Design by
Peter Wooley 
Set Decoration by
Casey Hallenbeck 
Costume Design by
Le Dawson 
Makeup Department
Carol Meikle .... hair stylist
Martha Preciado .... makeup artist
Scott Readwine .... makeup artist
Production Management
Todd London .... post-production supervisor
James A. Westman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Ellis .... assistant director
John Perrin Flynn .... assistant director
Art Department
Jim Zemansky .... property master
Sound Department
Peter Bentley .... sound mixer
Deni King .... sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Bumby .... dolly grip
Paul Ferrara .... key grip
Roger Redel .... gaffer
Music Department
Joanie Diener .... music editor
Other crew
Chris O'Connor .... assistant to producer
Renate Schneuer .... script supervisor

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Germany:185 min (2 parts) | USA:185 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Based on events in Emporia, Kansas, from 1983 to 1987. Lorna Anderson was paroled in 2007; Tom Bird was paroled in 2004--and announced his intention to work as a marriage counselor.See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Movie is so true to life, 12 July 2003
Author: mkr-1 from USA

This movie, I feel, is so true to life. It is one of those movies that grips you so deeply that is stays with you long after you have seen the movie. I keep wanting new information on the real people who committed this crime and I feel a movie that causes someone to do that is excellent. I thought some of the acting in it was a little over done, but all in all I think this movie deserves a 10 rating.

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