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Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994)

This is the fact-based made-for-TV movie of Laurie Kellog, who was accused of the murder of her husband Bruce in May 1992, told in flashbacks while she's waiting for her judgment. When she ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Kellogg
Laurie Kellogg
Steven Keats ...
Peter Orville
Dennis Bender
T.C. Warner ...
Nicole Pappas
Robin Frates ...
Denver McDowell
Sharon Spelman ...
Linda Francis
Ed Francis
Virginya Keehne ...
Kristi Mullins
Chuck Sebelist
William Wellman Jr. ...


This is the fact-based made-for-TV movie of Laurie Kellog, who was accused of the murder of her husband Bruce in May 1992, told in flashbacks while she's waiting for her judgment. When she was 16 she met the 15 years older Bruce Kellog, a charming guy, and moved in with him shortly after. What she didn't know was that he "bought" her from her stepfather for 500 bucks. First she's happy to serve him, but not long and Bruce shows his real face. Written by Goruda Shiro <gorudashiro@aol.com>

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Release Date:

31 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hölle auf Erden - Der Fall Laurie Kellogg  »

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Gregory Harrison has three bare-chest scenes in this movie. See more »


[last lines]
Laurie Kellogg: [narrating] I dreamed of Bruce coming to the prison, that he was going to come and get me. He grabs me right by the hair and walks me out of here telling me that it really irritates him because the dishes weren't done and the laundry was being backed up and that I had things to be doing. What am I doing hanging around doing nothing? And my heart is filled with love. And then I wake up and I remembered he was dead. Marlene was wrong. The jury found me guilty and the judge sentenced me...
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Referenced in Entertainment Tonight: Episode dated 29 July 1993 (1993) See more »

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Based on the true story of Laurie Kellogg...
23 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this film is important because it does inform the audience about the tragic case of Laurie Kellogg, a young girl with few options, who married Bruce Kellogg to escape her maudlin existence in a trailer park-she was a young girl who did not realize what she had gotten into, until it was much too late.

Some reviewers have critiqued the performances as over-the-top; not true to the real story, but the message is still clear- Laurie Kellogg did not deserve the horrible marriage she was in, and her friends helped her to get out of it, in the most desperate fashion.

In psychology, the "blame the victim" mentality is promoted by people who tout that we live in a just and perfect world, which anyone over the age of 20 should realize is NOT true. Laurie was a victim who felt trapped, intimidated by a sadistic and physically abusive husband, who raped her, sexually molested other young girls in the neighborhood, and verbally and emotionally abused her.

Jenny Garth is very good as Laurie, and Gregory Harrison appropriately narcissistic and hateful, as her sadistic husband. I would recommend this film to anyone in an abusive relationship- whether verbal or physical, it is just as damaging. It is sad there are still people in real life who believe Laurie is a victim by choice; No one CHOOSES to be abused, their self-esteem is systematically denigrated by the abuser. 8/10

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