IMDb > The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993) (TV)
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993) (TV) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)


User Rating:
6.7/10   1,034 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 19% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writer (WGA):
Jane Anderson (written by)
View company contact information for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
10 April 1993 (USA) See more »
She wanted to give her daughter the best shot at being a cheerleader... The things you do for your kids.
Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Savage, hilariously unmerciful tabloid mini-movie that spoofs tabloid mini-movies!...A sure-fire winner from beginning to end. See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Holly Hunter ... Wanda Holloway

Beau Bridges ... Terry Harper

Swoosie Kurtz ... Marla Harper
Elizabeth Ruscio ... Verna Heath

Gregg Henry ... Tony Harper

Matt Frewer ... Troy McKinney

Eddie Jones ... C.D. Holloway

Frankie Ingrassia ... Shanna Harper

Gary Grubbs ... Detective Helton

Jack Kehler ... Sergeant F.E Blackwell

Fred Koehler ... Shane Harper (as Frederick Koehler)
Megan Berwick ... Amber Heath
Kathleen Marie Archer ... Mother
Jana Arnold ... Florine
Nelly Bly ... Waitress

David Brisbin ... Assistant D.A. Mike Anderson
Claire Malis ... June Sofar (as Claire Mallis-Callaway)

O'Neal Compton ... Principal James Barker
Bill Cross ... Plant Manager

Steve Eastin ... Bob Wilbur
Jessie Jones ... Mother
Travis Kemmer ... Student

Susan Krebs ... Ms. Richards
Katie Layman ... Mickey Harper

Darrah Lemontre ... Annette
Ryan MacDonald ... Old Man

Patrick McGuinness ... Reporter in Church
Devon Michael ... Blake Heath

Patrick Montes ... Newscaster

Marina Palmier ... Police Officer

Andy Richter ... Police Officer

Giovanni Ribisi ... Pete Reyes

Michael Ritchie ... Minister (voice)
Clive Rosengren ... Judge George H. Godwin
Billy Ray Sharkey ... Police Officer

Richard Schiff ... Life Photographer
Janis Uhley ... Donahue Audience

Noni White ... Donahue Audience
James Manos Jr. ... Himself - Producer / Interviewer

Jane Anderson ... Herself - Writer
Ron Regan ... Himself: Channel 2 News Houston Reporter
John North ... Reporter
Michelle Holden ... Herself - Newscaster
Charlie O'Donnell ... Himself - Newscaster
Dan Chopin ... Himself - Comic
Mike Watkiss ... Himself - Producer, 'A Current Affair'
Harley Tat ... Himself - Producer, 'A Current Affair'

Phil Donahue ... Himself - Talk show host

Johnny Carson ... Himself - Former talk show host

George Bush ... Himself - Former U.S. President (voice) (archive footage)

Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
Writing credits
Jane Anderson (written by)

Produced by
Dana Cole .... associate producer
Zachary Feuer .... associate producer
Kyle A. Heinrich .... executive producer
James Manos Jr. .... producer
Frederick S. Pierce .... executive producer
Art Schaefer .... line producer
Original Music by
Lucy Simon 
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher 
Film Editing by
Eric A. Sears 
Casting by
Sharon Bialy 
Debi Manwiller 
Richard Pagano  (as Rik Pagano)
Production Design by
Stephen Hendrickson 
Art Direction by
Rusty Smith 
Set Decoration by
Douglas A. Mowat 
Costume Design by
Luke Reichle 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Bell .... assistant makeup artist
Kelvin R. Trahan .... hair stylist (as Kelvin Trahan)
Kelvin R. Trahan .... makeup artist (as Kelvin Trahan)
Rita Troy .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Tim Healey .... production supervisor: second unit
Helene Mulholland .... post-production supervisor
Art Schaefer .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
C.C. Barnes .... additional second assistant director
Dan Coffie .... second second assistant director
Thomas A. Smith .... second assistant director
David Sosna .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rick Bioni .... assistant property master (as Richard Bioni)
David Deignan .... set dresser
Barry Franenberg .... property master
James LaBarge .... lead person
Joshua Pease .... set dresser
Mona Personius .... buyer
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco .... buyer
Steven Ritchie .... prop runner
Jim Samson .... assistant set decorator
Ron Senso .... construction coordinator
Michelle Skoby .... buyer
Dugald Stermer .... set dresser
Richard Thomas .... additional swing
Sound Department
Bill Bell .... sound editor
Don Broughton .... boom operator
Bob Costanza .... sound editor
Mike Dickeson .... sound editor (as Mike Dickenson)
David C. Eichhorn .... sound editor (as David Eichorn)
Kristi Johns .... adr editor
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Luna .... sound editor (as Daniel Luna)
Gary Macheel .... sound editor
Joe Melody .... supervising sound editor (as Joseph Melody)
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer (as Tom O'Connell)
Kim H. Ornitz .... production sound mixer (as Kim Ornitz)
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Greg Russell)
John Scarpaci .... sound: video
Richard S. Steele .... sound editor (as Rick Steele)
Tim Terusa .... sound editor
Rusty Tinsley .... sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Attila T. Vari .... utility cable
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Chuck Comisky .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Antonucci .... lamp operator
John S. Beyers .... best boy electric (as John Beyers)
Jeffrey R. Clark .... first assistant camera (as Jeff Clark)
Paul Cowdin .... rigger
Charlie Edwards .... grip
John Emory .... best boy grip
Cary Fisher .... camera operator: Wobbly-Cam
Cranston Gobbo .... dolly grip
Rick Herrington .... gaffer
Rodger Kelderman .... lighting technician: Mini Musco lights (as Roger Kelderman)
Michael Lapins .... rigger
Charles Linehan .... swing man
Deborah Lipman .... camera loader (as Debbie Lipman)
Michael Messenheimer .... director of photography: video
Michael Messenheimer .... video operator
Tami Morris .... lamp operator
Tom Murphey .... rigger
Joe A. Ponticelle .... second assistant camera (as Joe Ponticelle)
Larry Potoker .... 24 frame video operator
Richard Ricci .... lamp operator
Darrell B. Sheldon .... key grip
John Spezzano .... grip
Paul Varrieur .... director of photography: second unit
Casting Department
Terry Berland .... adr casting associate
Tricia Tomey .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Iris Crall .... wardrobe supervisor
Peggy A. Schnitzer .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Catherine Best .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Jonathan Chibnall .... first assistant editor
Danny Miller .... apprentice editor
William Pine .... color timer (as Bill Pine)
Ivan Victor .... editor: video
Music Department
David Levine .... music producer
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Alex Shantzis .... associate music producer
Lucy Simon .... music producer
Transportation Department
D.J. Gardiner .... transportation coordinator
Gordie Merrick .... transportation captain
Other crew
Brad Arkin .... production assistant
Susan M. Baker .... assistant production coordinator
Susan M. Baker .... assistant: James Manos Jr.
Bill Bence .... unit publicist
Erik Betts .... gymnastics trainer
Nelly Bly .... production assistant
Bonnie Bott .... assistant location manager
Craig Busch .... location manager: Texas
Kathleen Callahan .... assistant: Mr. Ritchie
Rob Carliner .... production assistant
Michael Cooper .... production assistant
Mark Cottrell .... location manager
Wayne Forman .... caterer
J.J. Geary .... craft service
Larry Hand .... production accountant
Edward Kalpa .... production assistant (as Eddie Kalpa)
Marilyn Kleist .... assistant craft service
Shaun Kring .... extras coordinator: Texas
James Levine .... production assistant
Janette Mathers .... accessories designer: Verna Heath
Carrie Mayo .... teacher
Christine McCarren .... cheerleading coordinator
Michael McDevitt .... second unit coordinator
Melissa McLean .... production assistant
Gary Moglovkin .... assistant accountant
Phill Norman .... title designer
Lauren Alexandra Ritchie .... production coordinator (as Lauren Alexander Ritchie)
Michael L. Ryan .... first aid (as Michael Ryan)
Judith Saunders .... script supervisor
Brian C.L. Shelley .... toxicity consultant
Melissa Silverman .... production assistant
Renee Souli .... product placement (as Renee Soulie)
Jules Sylvester .... spider wrangler (as Julian Sylvester)
Ivan Victor .... production assistant
Daniel R. Suhart .... assistant: Mr. Sosna (uncredited)
E. Bellgardt .... special thanks
J. Bockain .... special thanks
Rick Ferguson .... special thanks: Houston Film Commission
A. Goldsmit .... special thanks
Jono Kouzouyan .... special thanks (as J. Kouzouyan)
Robert Mayes .... special thanks: director of the University of Houston Band
Ben Spodshini .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Someone discusses possibility of an exploding baton, an in-joke reference to gag from director Michael Ritchie's 1975 movie Smile (1975).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Wanda's voice on tape describes Verna's vehicle as a "1995 Grand Marquis." The film takes place in 1991.See more »
Wanda Holloway:But hey, so how're you gonna end this?
Himself - Producer:Uh, I don't know, we haven't finished the script yet.
Wanda Holloway:Huh... well... it's not fair. I hope you know that. I've been shafted before, I can get shafted again, over and over.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Don't Let the Bastards Get You DownSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Savage, hilariously unmerciful tabloid mini-movie that spoofs tabloid mini-movies!...A sure-fire winner from beginning to end., 8 April 2001
Author: gary brumburgh ( from Los Angeles, California

In 1975, director Michael Ritchie's `Smile,' a ripe, witty, stinging send-up on the backstage mechanisms of beauty pageants proved a real sleeper with critics. Not a box-office hit by any means, it completely went over people's heads. But not surprisingly, word of mouth eventually spread and the public took a second look. Today the movie is considered a cult classic.

I predict that lightning will strike twice for director Ritchie. He finds gold again in them thar hills with 1993's ridiculously titled `The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom,' an hysterical and highly perceptive tabloid mini-movie that parodies itself! This TV-movie will find it's own cult audience in years to come for there is absolutely nothing else like it. "Positively True..." never lets up for a moment, never loses steam, never loses its sting, and never runs out of people to crucify -- attacking not only the perpetrators of the crime, but their hapless victims who suddenly start seeing dollar signs, the money-grubbing news media and reality-based talk shows that wring every lurid bit of drama out of it--fact or fiction--for ratings points, and, of course, the vulturous, tabloid-hungry public who feeds off this trash. No stone is left unturned or unscathed. If you're Southern, if you're small town, if you're a MOM, be prepared!

`Positively True...' is not just for the curiously-challenged who starve for these ridiculous, hackneyed, one-dimensional TV crime reenactments that feature such tabloid "stars" as the Menendez Brothers, John and Patsy Ramsey and Amy Fisher, it's especially for those who despise them. In truth, both sides will be well served here. There's plenty on this gourmet plate to whet everyone's appetite. Jane Anderson's ripping, perceptive, Emmy-winning script make this so overwhelmingly fascinating that you never want it to end. It's twice as much fun than had it been played straight, and this WAS (of course!) played straight a year earlier in the banal TV-movie `Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story' starring Lesley Ann Warren.

For those who may have been visiting Mars at the time of this incident, `Positively True...' is based on an actual Texas incident in which a jealous suburban housewife and mother of a high school teenager was arrested for attempted murder after she hired a hit man to rub out her daughter's main cheerleading rival at school. Amazing and preposterous as it all sounds, it was BIG, BIG news in the early 90s.

Holly Hunter is simply phenomenal as Wanda Holloway, the surly, tough-minded, overly ambitious, delightfully drawling Texas mom who treats the cheerleading as social climbing status for her and her less-than-agile daughter, to the point where she deems it necessary to eliminate her daughter's main competition when it looks like she won't make the team. Beau Bridges is equally terrific as the trailer park trash crackpot who may or may not be up to the job. Both deservedly won Emmys for their remarkable portrayals.

The entire cast, in fact, is downright strange, especially Swoosie Kurtz as Bridges' fruitcake of a wife, Matt Frewer as Hunter's ex who wants a rich piece of the tabloid pie, and Elizabeth Ruscio as the rival's mother, who also sees the value of being a victim. Everyone is picture perfect, right down to the bit roles.

Probably the most cutting edge TV-movie I've ever experienced. You won't be disappointed.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (23 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Longest title ever? Part_Time_Infidel
Lesley Ann Warren was a way better Wanda. ptyg32
The Syndrome joseph_button
Didn't Dorthey Jane Torkelson Play in another version of this movie? stang0233
Hunter way better than........ gingersnaps1
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
To Die For It's All Gone Pete Tong Hard Core Logo Children of the Revolution Punishment Park
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Biography section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.