A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree.




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Complete series cast summary:
 Elmer Scheele (2 episodes, 1993)
 Gus Meyer (2 episodes, 1993)
 Marion Bartlett (2 episodes, 1993)
 Jonette Fox (2 episodes, 1993)
 Governor Anderson (2 episodes, 1993)
 C. Lauer Ward (2 episodes, 1993)
 Clara Ward (2 episodes, 1993)
 Robert Jensen (2 episodes, 1993)
 Carol King (2 episodes, 1993)
Don Bloomfield ...
 Bobby Colvert (2 episodes, 1993)
John Hussey ...
 Mr. Jensen (1993) (2 episodes, 1993)
 Deputy Sheriff Bill Romer (2 episodes, 1993)
 Merle Karnopp (2 episodes, 1993)
Mark Walters ...
 Chief Robert Ainslie (2 episodes, 1993)
 Velda Bartlett (2 episodes, 1993)
 Clem Gaughan (2 episodes, 1993)
 Judge Brooks (2 episodes, 1993)
 Earl Heflin (2 episodes, 1993)
 Hazel Heflin (2 episodes, 1993)
 Caril Ann Fugate (2 episodes, 1993)
 John McArthur (2 episodes, 1993)
 Pansy Street (2 episodes, 1993)
 Charles Starkweather (2 episodes, 1993)


A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree.

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1993 (USA)  »

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Starkweather: Murder in the Heartland  »

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A film that is well-done and absorbing
26 May 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It is a real shame this film is not available on home video, as I found it to be extremely well done and memorable. It is based on the notorious Charles Starkweather murder spree of the 1950s, and as a (more or less) true story, it automatically carries a certain level of fascination for afficionados of classic crime cases.

But this one has much more. It gives the viewer a sense of the complexities of the people involved. Starkweather's jailbait girlfriend, Caril Fugate (Fairuza Balk) comes across as oddly pathetic, the product a wretched home life. As such, she is credible and intriguing. She is docile and submissive but stubborn, as well. While not quite likeable, the viewer can feel some empathy toward her.

Starkweather, on the other hand, is a study in absolute amorality. His purposeless life unravels into madness on screen, with Fugate following, sometimes willingly sometimes out of fear or compulsion.

This is an intelligent film. Much is left to the imagination of the audience. It is a long movie, but absorbing. I recommend it highly.

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