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A Killing in a Small Town (1990)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  22 May 1990 (USA)
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The gory ax-murder of one mousy, suburban Texas housewife by another is nearly as shocking as the excuse offered by the bespectacled defendant's attorney: self-defense. Could it be so?

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Stan Blankenship
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A small town is shocked by the brutal ax murder of a woman. However, they are even more shocked when a reserved neighboring woman who is a wife and mother becomes the chief suspect. During the investigation, she is placed under hypnosis which reveals a different personality completely. Based on a true event that occurred in Texas in 1980. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Based on the true-crime book "Evidence of Love," by John Bloom, better known by his alter ego of Drive-In movie critic Joe Bob Briggs. See more »

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Gut-wrenching drama, exceptionally well-made
24 May 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

How is it a mild-mannered, small town woman can hack her best friend to death with an axe and say she's not guilty? This startling, disturbing, gripping TV-movie provides the answer in amazing fashion, thanks to Barbara Hershey's flawless acting and Stephen Gyllenhaal's taut, vivid direction (this is a director who loves molding an atmosphere for his characters, making their surroundings as perplexing and eerie as they are). The murder sequence (told well in flashback) is not sensationally presented, yet it had me glued to the screen. Hershey is further complimented by an excellent supporting cast. What an amazing job this is!


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