6.7/10
1,152
23 user 6 critic

The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)

Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A small town prepares for the homecoming of superstar Roxy Carmichael, as does a young outsider, who believes Roxy is her mother.

Director: Jim Abrahams
Stars: Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, Laila Robins
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age.... See full summary »

Director: David Leland
Stars: Emily Lloyd, Trudi Cavanagh, Clare Clifford
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Harry manages The California Dolls, a female wrestling tag team endlessly touring America, and he's also romantically involved with one of them. Their fortunes seem on the slide (... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick, Laurene Landon
Compulsion (1959)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi
Small Sacrifices (TV Movie 1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.

Director: David Greene
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, Gordon Clapp
Fame (1980)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri
High School U.S.A. (TV Movie 1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Set in a senior high school class, J.J. pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a higher clique.

Director: Rod Amateau
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Nancy McKeon, Todd Bridges
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The goofy students of a remedial drivers education class find themselves butting heads with their abusive police instructors.

Director: Neal Israel
Stars: John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, James Keach
Star 80 (1983)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten.

Director: Bob Fosse
Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson
Lucas (1986)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.

Director: David Seltzer
Stars: Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen
Black Widow (1987)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance.

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey
The Amy Fisher Story (TV Movie 1993)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The true story of the Long Island teen who shoots and wounds the wife of a man she called her lover.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Tony Denison, Harley Jane Kozak
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Terry Harper
...
Marla Harper
...
Verna Heath
...
Tony Harper
...
Troy McKinney
...
C.D. Holloway
...
Shanna Harper
...
Detective Helton
...
Sergeant F.E Blackwell
...
Shane Harper
Megan Berwick ...
Amber Heath
Kathleen Marie Archer ...
Mother
Jana Arnold ...
Florine
Nelly Bly ...
Waitress
Edit

Storyline

Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the chance to become a cheerleader. When the media get hold of the story, Wanda's trial turns into a media circus. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

She wanted to give her daughter the best shot at being a cheerleader... The things you do for your kids.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anyuci tutira megy  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Someone discusses possibility of an exploding baton, an in-joke reference to gag from director Michael Ritchie's 1975 movie Smile (1975). See more »

Goofs

Wanda's voice on tape describes Verna's vehicle as a "1995 Grand Marquis." The film takes place in 1991. See more »

Quotes

Shanna Harper: Momma, isn't it true that only a certain amount of people are allowed in heaven, and we're saved, right?
Wanda Holloway: Uh huh. That's 'cause we're Missionary Baptists as opposed to the other kind of Baptists who if they make a mistake, they have to start all over again. But Missionary Baptists - once saved, always saved. Your grandma and grandpa were real smart. They chose a sect that has guarantees.
See more »

Crazy Credits

credits end with "Finally, no spiders or cheerleaders were killed in the making of this movie" See more »

Connections

References A Current Affair (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Lotsa Reasons
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Music by Lucy Simon
Sung by Arlene Martin (as Arlene Martell)
Arranged by John Miller
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bold Satire with a killer performance by Hunter
15 November 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

"Positively true Adventures..." takes a bold look into the life of an obsessive stage mother thus making it a successful satire. Holly Hunter gives a killer performance and is arguably one of the greatest female actors around today (see The Piano, Copycat and A Life less Ordinary for evidence). It's a shame this had to be a telemovie as a cinematic release would've guaranteed Holly an Oscar nom, but ah well.

Beau Bridges and Swoosie Kurts also give fantastic performances rounding out the talented cast.

Much like 1999's Drop Dead Gorgeous, this film is black to the point of extreme ebony and should appeal to most, but if you're into frigid sugar-coated films, I suggest you steer clear.

9/10


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?