A college student and two friends are accused of murdering one's stepfather and injuring his mother whom refuses to believe her son had anything to do with the attack.

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In 1988, North Carolina college student Chris Pritchard is arrested, along with two of his friends, for the murder of Chris' stepfather and brutal beating of his mother. Chris's mother, Bonnie, refuses to believe that Chris had anything to do with the murder, despite mounting evidence about Chris' debauched lifestyle of drugs and video games. Written by Matt Patay

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17 May 1992 (USA)  »

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The perpetrators are supposed to be fanatical Dungeons & Dragons players, yet their books and dice are like new rather than worn with play - and the dice set one character plays with is incomplete. See more »

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Version of Honor Thy Mother (1992) See more »

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Chilling True Story w/Exceptional Cast
26 September 2004 | by (pennsylvania, usa) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie half a dozen times on Lifetime--I can't help it. The acting is really superb. Matt McGrath, whom I don't believe I've seen elsewhere (but whose IMDb listing is substantial) gives a chilling performance of a messed up kid who aspires to be nothing more. Blythe Danner is fantastic as mother and victim Bonnie von Stein. And she elevates any project she's in. Terrific performance. Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow was good, too, I thought, although others may not agree (see earlier post). I also enjoy seeing Dennis Farina--he's awesome and perfectly cast as a tough FBI trained investigator turned PI. Other great performances by Miguel Ferrer and Ed Asner. I think this movie is terrific and I'll watch anything and everything with a body count. I'd have to give it somewhere between 8 or 9 stars out of 10.


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