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Charlie Deegan
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Laura Stewart
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Olivia Deegan (as Anne DeSalvo)
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Victoria Haines
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Lt. Frank Vaness
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Lou Rescetti
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Edie Meyers (as Anna Thomson)
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Mike Welch
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Jack Homelin
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Hotel Clerk
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Judge Griffin
Michael Kaufman ...
Neurosurgeon
C.H. Evans ...
Lodge Manager
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Prominent lawyer Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important, prosperous law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to the high court. The only thing wrong with this is that his shrewish wife Olivia, whose father made all the wealth and all the power, is living and berating him at every opportunity and that greatly upsets Charlie. So when his lover, Laura, jokingly suggests that they get rid of Olivia, Charlie thinks, being a successful lawyer, that he can actually create a fool-proof plan. In this plan, he must incorporate a socialite named Victoria whom he detests, but she can help him get into the court and be part of the plan for Olivia. But dreams of judgeship, money and Laura makes him proceed. However, things never turn out as planned and he may not be as smart as he considers himself. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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When it comes to murder, nobody's perfect.


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Charlie Deegan: There are two basic kinds of flies. Those who sponge liquid food from some surface, and those that pierce an animal's skin to suck the blood. Actually, they have a lot in common with people, especially people who are in love... but love can sour, and that's when they turn to me.
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Sometimes you get away with murder and live to regret it.......
8 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Dead in the Water" plays like a fine episode of "Columbo". Right from the start we know the murder's identity, and the fun is watching the guilty party's perfect murder slowly unravel. The acting by all is very good, and the deliberate pace lends itself to strong character development. Since none of the characters is likable, and their motives all self serving, the intermingled black humor is quite welcome. Special mention must be made of the musical score, and opening credits sequence, which are both top notch. You could do far worse for an evenings entertainment than "Dead in the Water. I recommend taking a look at this one. - MERK


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