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A Killing in a Small Town -- Evidence of Love - 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? Brian Dennehy and Barbara Hershey star.


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Writers (WGA):
John Bloom (book) and
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22 May 1990 (USA) See more »
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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert F. Cawley ... Juror (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Gyllenhaal 
Writing credits
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
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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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Tour De Force, 25 January 2006
Author: gohrush from New York, United States

"Killing In A Small Town" looked every bit as ordinary as a regular made for TV fare but as the story unfolds; with the first frame of Barbara Hershey as Candice Morrison defining her sense of self to a therapist; you are instantly hooked until the end credits roll. Accused of her murderous crime in a small middle American town, Candice or Candy was initially in shock and subsequent denial. But as the horror washed over the community and all evidence point toward the mousy housewife, she starts to unravel albeit in calm revelation. Barbara Hershey is definitely one of the most underrated actress of her era, her portrayal of a strong, self- controlled, stoic yet sensitive and vulnerable woman make her a character of infinite contradiction. She pulled out all the stops in her courtroom scenes on cross examination and her hypnosis session with a doctor is unforgettably chilling. When Candice was on the stand recounting the day of the murder, the scene plays out ordinarily and then take a turn for the macabre when Peggy (victim) accused Candice of having an affair with her husband. Peggy then goes back to kitchen to fetch an axe and begins to taunt Candy. The two of them had words and then a fight ensues. Candy was desperately trying to get away but finally she turns the table and hacks Peggy over 41 timesin self defense. The entire scene was riveting like your inability to look away from a car wreck. An American tragedy played with unrelenting passion by Barbara Hershey who incidentally won an Emmy and Golden Globe for her searing performance.

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