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Nightmare in Columbia County (1991)

The recounting of a terrible crime that wracked a family and galvanized police in South Carolina in the 1980's.

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Sheriff Jim Metts
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Dawn Elizabeth Smith (as Jeri Lynn Ryan)
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Shari Smith
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Asst. Sheriff McCarty
Linda Pierce ...
Hilda Smith
J. Don Ferguson ...
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Larry Gene Bell (as Butch Slade)
Joyce Leigh Bowden ...
Carol Metts (as Joyce Bowden)
Stephen Preusse ...
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Scanlon
Michael Flippo ...
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Chuck Kinlaw ...
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Man at Depot (as Mark Miller)
Alan Sader ...
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Don Tilley ...
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The recounting of a terrible crime that wracked a family and galvanized police in South Carolina in the 1980's.

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Sheriff James R. Metts is the longest serving Republican elected official in South Carolina, having served since 1975. At the time, South Carolina was still mostly democratic. At the time of his first election, he was the youngest sheriff in the United States. Metts was suspended from office by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley after being indicted on Federal corruption charges in 2014. See more »

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A superb film based on an extraordinary true story
1 August 2001 | by (chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

An extremely well-acted and well-written film, even more remarkable because the family and events were real. Jeri Lynn Ryan's character, Dawn, sets herself up as a target to catch the criminal who threatens her and her family. William Devane, an actor with an outstanding film and TV career, co-stars as the sheriff who leads the police investigation. Although the film is set in small-town South Carolina, Devane's character breaks down the stereotype of southern police officers. Viewers will cheer Dawn on and marvel at her courage while sympathizing whole-heartedly with her family's plight. The film stays suspenseful to the end.


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