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Small Sacrifices (1989)

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Diane Downs
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Detective Doug Welch
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Lew Lewiston
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Boyd Paul Downs (as Gary Chalk)
Ken James ...
Daryl Chapman
Sean McCann ...
Russell Wells
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Matt Jensen (Part 2)
Elan Ross Gibson ...
Rosalind Dyring
Lynne Cormack ...
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Evelyn Slaven
Christopher Caravalho ...
Robbie Downs
Anne Bradley Jaeger ...
Herself
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Storyline

On the 19th of May 1983 Diane Downs stops at the McKenzie-Williamette-Hospital and cries for help. She is wounded on her arm and her three children are also wounded seriously. She says that a stranger shot at them but the investigation of detective Welch bring out that Diane is a liar. Written by Volker Boehm

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Her children got in the way of her love

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12 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Blick in den Abgrund  »

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CAD 7,300,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Other than Diane Downs most of the names have been changed and are not the same as those in the actual case. See more »

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When Diane brings a pizza over to her mailman friend Matt Jensen's house, she asks him if he likes mushrooms on his pizza while holding the pizza out to him. He says yes. But the pizza has no mushrooms on it, it is clearly plain. See more »

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Psychiatrist: As a psychiatrist, it is my professional opinion that Diane Downs' personality disorders qualify her as a dangerous offender. She is a sociopath: an antisocial personality without any concern for the rights of others. She has a brilliant mind with no conscience to guide it. A narcissist who sees herself as the center of everything, who will get what she wants no matter what means that she has to employ, no matter who or what stands in her way. She's not able to have or understand love.
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Referenced in Kids of Killers (2010) See more »

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Very well done on all levels.
6 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I had read the book, and have to say the movie, for the most part, is very similar and is just done very well. Everything from the acting, to the directing etc etc, is superb. This movie is, sadly, a true story. It stands at 4 hours or so but it always keeps your interest. Farrah Fawcett loses herself in her character, and I have to say, I don't see how this movie can be watched, without the watcher coming away with a very healthy respect for Ms. Fawcett.This true life story is so disturbing, the thought has to flash through your mind whether you can sit through a 4 hour drama about it, and although of coarse some scenes are extremely difficult to watch, as you'd expect them to be, this movie is not something you can turn away from once it's on and is both shocking and horrifying.

It is directed and acted on a level as good as major big screen releases and the character development is great as well. There isn't one bad piece of acting in the movie and this Is the best I've ever seen Fawcett.


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