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Writers (WGA):
John Bloom (book) and
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Release Date:
22 May 1990 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A community rocked! See more (11 total) »

Cast

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Barbara Hershey ... Candy Morrison

Brian Dennehy ... Ed Reivers

John Terry ... Stan Blankenship

Richard Gilliland ... Dale Morrison

Lee Garlington ... Peggy Blankenship

Hal Holbrook ... Dr. Beardsley
Matthew Posey ... Norman Billings
James Monroe Black ... Dr. Giles (as James Black)
Dennis Letts ... Chief McAlester

Marco Perella ... Rick Slocum
Norman Bennett ... Jim Ramsey

Jerry Haynes ... Judge Scott

Rodger Boyce ... Rex Staples
Daphne Eckler ... Dede Alexander

Jan DeWitt ... Connie Keating

Charles Carroll ... Bob Shelton

Blue Deckert ... Andy Blassingame
Spencer Prokop ... Kevin Sanders
Jacob Parker ... Sean Morrison
Lisa Renee Wilson ... Sara Morrison

Haley Miller ... Meg Blakenship

Louanne Stephens ... Claire Meriwether
Karis Paige Bryant ... Little Candy
Willie Minor ... Baliff
Aaron Chadwick ... Deputy
Wendye Clarendon ... Little Candy's Mom
Peyton E. Park ... Jury Foreman (as Peyton Park)
John Hussey ... Al Stevens
Jack Gould ... Parishioner #1
Tony Garcia ... Parishioner #2
Norma Young ... Woman #1

Gary Ragland ... Reporter #1
Vennessa Tate ... Reporter #2
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Robert F. Cawley ... Juror (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stephen Gyllenhaal 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Bloom (book "Evidence of Love") and
James Atkinson (book "Evidence of Love") (as Jim Atkinson)

Cynthia Cidre (teleplay)

Produced by
Cynthia Cidre .... co-producer
Shari Hamrick .... associate producer (as Shari Barker)
Courtney Pledger .... producer
Judith A. Polone .... executive producer
Andrew Richter .... associate producer
Bruce J. Sallan .... executive producer
Dan Witt .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Gibbs 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harvey Rosenstock 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Marty 
 
Set Decoration by
Rob Edleson 
 
Costume Design by
Janet Lucas Lawler 
 
Makeup Department
Bonnie Clevering .... hairdresser
Jimi White .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mel A. Bishop .... executive in charge of production
John M. Colwell .... unit production manager
Paul D. Goldman .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terri Martin .... second assistant director
David Womark .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Floyd Smith .... property master
Floyd Gentry .... lead set painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
T.W. Davis .... sound re-recording mixer (as Tom Davis)
Skip Frazee .... sound mixer
Doug Gray .... sound re-recording mixer
George R. Groves Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as George Groves)
Burton Weinstein .... supervising sound editor
 
Stunts
Ben Loggins .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Driskell .... gaffer (as Bob Driskell)
Kerry Rike .... key grip
Bill Greenberg .... electrician (uncredited)
Mark A. Hatley .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mary V. Buck .... casting (as Mary Buck)
Susan Edelman .... casting
Rody Kent .... location casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Rose .... costume designer: Ms. Hershey
 
Editorial Department
Eric L. Beason .... associate editor
Paul D. Goldman .... post production supervisor
Julie Rogers .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Michael Aarvold .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tim Buchanan .... production driver
 
Other crew
Janis Burklund .... location manager (as Janis Burkland)
Harold B. Crazilneck .... technical advisor (as Dr. Harold B. Crazilneck)
A. Don Crowder .... technical advisor
Jan Dennehy .... production executive
Cindy Fairfield .... production assistant
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor
Doug Cole .... production auditor (uncredited)
Michelle Hartly .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
 

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USA:100 min
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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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A community rocked!, 26 January 2008
Author: sandra small (sandi_small@muchomail.com) from gateshead, tyne and wear, england, uk

The film Evidence of Love (UK title) is contextualised within a small-town community. Within this community, their lives are prescriptive, mundane and conservative, (at least from a liberal perspective). This conservative attitude is highlighted in Evidence of Love as a destructive force as it restricts and represses natural human feelings all in the name of stability.Such conditions provide for an undercurrent of extra-marital affairs, lies, denial, and anger, culminating in a (self-defence) killing to emerge like an uncoiling spring.

As to the acting in Evidence of Love, it is a superb (some might argue stereotyped) portrayal of a mid-American suburban home - maker by Hershey. It seems that Hershey uses method acting to achieve her goal in this film. As for the directing, it comes across as very considered and intelligent. This is because the issue is handled without the histrionics that such an explosive subject matter has the potential to cause. Of course the calm direction is helped by the limited budget for the film.

The film itself exposes an interesting moot point of what is perceived as guilty. It seems in Evidence of Love that there is some confusion in the court as what constitutes 'murder'. Self defence using a gun is not considered murder, but an axe that is wielded 41 times to slay an attacker is a matter of contention is this particular murder charge.

For this moot point alone as to what constitutes self defence in a killing Evidence of Love is worth watching.

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