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Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joanne Thatcher (1989)

Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from wife Joanne. When the court rules in Joanne's favour, Thatcher hires a hit man to kill his wife, and almost gets away with it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
JoAnn Thatcher
Robert Benson ...
Jack Rutherford
Leon Pownall ...
Gerry Gerrand
Brent Carver ...
Tony Merchant
Thom Bell
Greg Thatcher
Lorna Wilson
Laura Bruneau
Tony Wilson
Ellie Hubiak
Barry Stevens ...
Government Minister
Neil Dainard ...
House Speaker
Charlie Wilde
Garry Anderson


Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from his wife Jo-Ann. When a series of court rulings over the divorce go against him, Thatcher decides a more drastic solution is needed - murder! A series of attempts on Jo-Ann's life follow, most of which don't succeed. Finally one does, and the arrogant Thatcher believes he is above the law and immune to prosecution. But his arrogance proves to be his undoing, as Crown Counsel Serge Kujawa builds a case against this psychopathic monster for 1st-degree murder - charging that Thatcher hired someone to kill his wife. The true story of one of the most disturbing stories of murder-for-hire in Canada. Written by medic249a2

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15 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Love and Hate: A Marriage Made in Hell  »

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1.33 : 1
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Thatcher may be Innocent.
14 September 2004 | by (Edmonton, Canada) – See all my reviews

I had the chance to meet Mr. Thatcher 12 years after I saw this movie. Seeing the movie and actually meeting the man in person was quite the experience. He had wished me luck in my future. The place I met him was in Saskatchewan Penitentiary while he was facing charges for threatening an R.C.M.P. officer during his 2001 Judicial Review. I walked around the prison yard with him and he described his years in prison. I asked him if he did the crime and he looked me straight in the eye and told me that he didn't. There is something that happens in a person's eye pupils if they are lying and that sure didn't happen when he said he didn't kill his wife. He may have not been the Father or Husband of the year but that doesn't mean he is a murderer. Since Canada has abolished the Death Penalty back on July 17, 1976, the police forces of Canada (R.C.M.P, E.P.S., W.P.S. etc. etc.) have been laying more and more 1st Degree Murder charges based on circumstantial evidence. Don't forget Canada rarely used DNA evidence like they do now so ask yourselves "Could there be possibly another innocent man in prison?" AGAIN. I believe his eldest son Greg Thatcher may have been the killer all along because he also hated his mom too based on the hatred that instilled in him by Mr. Thatcher back in the 80's. I have followed the case since the movie in 89 and read all the Appeal decisions regarding the case and I know come to a serious conclusion that this man is really innocent !!

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