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A Killing Affair (1986)

The story of a widow (in West Virginia) who takes in a drifter who she believes killed her husband. She begins to fall for him but cannot be sure if she should trust him.

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The story of a widow (in West Virginia) who takes in a drifter who she believes killed her husband. She begins to fall for him but cannot be sure if she should trust him. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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The dogs of hell walk the earth and the Devil strides beside [video cover]

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Peter Weller murders Kathy Baker's husband and wants her
7 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Killing Affair" (1986) is a powerful neo-noir set in 1943. The locale is a small and rather poor town with a sawmill in West Virginia. Kathy Baker and her philandering husband (Bill Smitrovich), the mill manager, live near the river away from the town. One must row across the river to get there. Their house in the woods is very modest; vicious wild dogs roam about. They have no phone, no car, no running water.

Smitrovich uses his position of being able to hire workers to intimidate and extract money from the men's pay. Peter Weller comes from a nearby town looking for work and Smitrovich insults him, waving a gun and sneering at him.

Baker discovers her husband murdered by an axe. She attempts to get help, but is trapped by Peter Weller who admits to the crime and holds her prisoner. However, he is relatively friendly and doesn't want to hurt her. He has other intentions.

The story develops these two characters, in part through flashbacks, through their developing relationship. This is gripping. Weller is completely convincing in his part, which calls for a character with a number of layers and desires. Baker is good as a woman in a very difficult position. Their lives are immersed in the poverty and the social ways of their region. The atmosphere of the movie captures the time and place while also generating a degree of dread.

This is a well-done movie that could have been clichéd but is not.


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