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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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Candy Morrison
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Ed Reivers
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Stan Blankenship
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Dale Morrison
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Peggy Blankenship
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Dr. Beardsley
Matthew Posey ...
Norman Billings
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Jim Ramsey
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Dede Alexander
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Connie Keating
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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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Barbara Hershey...
13 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

does quite well in this film. She lives in a stark Texas town, has her children, attends church, but something is missing. She enters into an affair with her best friend's husband well-portrayed by John Terry.

Lee Garlington is her neighbor with John Terry the faithless husband. This does not wind down however, into histrionics and cheap drama. The film depicts the rage and cold anger Hershey feels, and the explosive results. Dennehey is her defense lawyer, but the courtroom segments are thankfully minimal.

The real credit goes to director Gyllenhall, who creates the Texas suburbs, showing the starkness, both of the housing developments they live in ,the small church atop a deserted hillside, and the small "Main Street USA" town this woman actually lived in. Well done.


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