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Death in Small Doses (1995)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  16 January 1995 (USA)
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One night Nancy Lyon awakes in pain and dies shortly after - poisoned with arsenic. Her family immediately suspects her husband Richard, who left her temporarily the year before because of ... See full summary »

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Richard Lyon
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Asst. D.A. Jerri Sims
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Nancy Lyon
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Det. Ortega
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Bill Dillard Jr.
Matthew Posey ...
Guthrie
C.K. Bibby
Mitchell Laurance
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Bridget
Susan Rohrer ...
Mary Helen Dillard
Caroline Dollar ...
Allison
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One night Nancy Lyon awakes in pain and dies shortly after - poisoned with arsenic. Her family immediately suspects her husband Richard, who left her temporarily the year before because of an affair. Especially Nancy's brother is keen on getting the children away from the suspected murderer. All evidence points against Richard, but in court Richard surprisingly presents proof that his wife had depressions and maybe killed herself - or are these proofs just fake? -- Depicts an authentic case. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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We all have a secret. Hers is a killer.

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Pain in Large Doses
29 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although supposedly based on actual incidents, this film "depicts an authentic case" in the same way that "Police Squad" depicts authentic investigative techniques. If this film at all accurately conveys the trial of Richard Lyons, then everyone involved should be disbarred.

It's hard to shine an accusatory spotlight on any one member of this cast, but Tess Harper, as Assistant D.A. Jerri Sims, looks particularly lost during the entire film. Not that she's given much to work with, mind you.

Sondra Locke's direction lacks focus. She hits every plotpoint with such heavy-handedness, that the viewer literally hears a "bum - bum - BAH" in their head as each one is revealed. This, coupled with the fact that she can't seem to decide just what this story is about, suggests she should apprentice a bit more at her craft.


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