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The Unspoken Truth -- When Brianne first met Clay Hawkins, he was the quintessential bad boy. Over the years his bad moods became frequent violent outbreaks. He soon became both physically and emotional abusive to Brianne and their daughter. Clay was capable of anything  - including murder.  In the face of insurmountable adversity, a family must come together with unwavering strength to fight the law and the odds.


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Writer (WGA):
J.A. Mitty (written by)
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Release Date:
24 September 1995 (USA) See more »
Blinded by love, she confessed to his crime... now she's doing his time.
Based on the true story of Brianne Hawkins, whose husband Clay was violently unstable. When a man tries to chat up Brianne one night... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lea Thompson ... Brianne Hawkins

Patricia Kalember ... Margaret Trainor

Robert Englund ... Ernest Trainor

Dick O'Neill ... Thomas Cleary
Karis Paige Bryant ... Lily Hawkins

James Marshall ... Clay

Gail Cronauer ... Nora
Ramsey Williams ... Eileen (as Freda Williams)

Mona Lee Fultz ... Mrs. Hawkins
Tony Frank ... Greg Thorpe

Marina Palmier ... Janice Bogart
Gary Glasgow ... Dan
Gary Carter ... Richter
Jed Reghanti ... Dale Modell

Derek Cecil ... Jeff Blogert
Barry Thompson ... Barkley Wharburton
Sharon Shawnessey ... Warden Sheraton
Barbara Britt ... Dr. Sonia Ackers
Norman Bennett ... Judge Cochran

Myrna Cabello ... Maria Paseda
William Earl Ray ... Drake
Lou Perryman ... Heatherington (as Lou Perry)
Jeanne Evans ... Judge Thaler
Jill Parker-Jones ... Jury Foreman
Guich Koock ... Bailiff
Mark Walters ... Officer Brock
Cynthia Dorn ... Black Woman
Mary Lang ... Tiffany

Greta Muller ... Patsy

Directed by
Peter Werner 
Writing credits
J.A. Mitty (written by)

Produced by
Norman I. Cohen .... producer
Donna Ebbs .... co-producer
Peter Frankovich .... executive producer
Nicholas Sigman .... associate producer
Paul Taublieb .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Neil Roach 
Film Editing by
Martin Nicholson 
Casting by
Abra Edelman 
Elisa Goodman 
Production Design by
Veronica Hadfield 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Haberecht 
Costume Design by
Richard von Ernst 
Makeup Department
Catherine Conrad .... hair stylist
Tammy Lema .... makeup artist
Kelly Nelson .... hair stylist
Kate Shorter .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mel A. Bishop .... executive in charge of production
Robert W. Glass III .... post-production manager (as Robert Glass III)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter T. Falls III .... second assistant director (as Tres Falls)
Bill Scott .... first assistant director
Art Department
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
Shane Patrick .... set dresser
Byron Scott Thomas .... property master (as Byron Thomas)
Sound Department
Pud Cusack .... sound mixer
Thomas J. Huth .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig M. Otte .... sound re-recording mixer
David M. Weishaar .... sound re-recording mixer
Grady Allen Bishop .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Ellis .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Marcos E. Gonzalez .... assistant camera
Jon H. Lewis .... gaffer (as Jon Lewis)
Ferrell A. Shinnick .... key grip (as Ferrell Shinnick)
Casting Department
Barbara Brinkley .... casting: Texas
Dara A. Gray .... extras casting (as Dara Gray)
Melinda Muse .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Abbey .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Paul D. Goldman .... post-production v.p.
Tony Kadell .... assistant editor
Music Department
Marty Wereski .... music editor
Transportation Department
Greg Faucett .... transportation captain
Phil Schriber .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Jeanne Beveridge .... title designer
Fred Eldridge .... film transfer
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor
Casey Lee Justice .... location manager (as Casey Justice)
Joe McDougall .... assistant: Peter Werner
Whitney J. Miller .... production accountant
Jennifer Park .... assistant to executive producer
Cynthia Streit .... production coordinator
Caleb Womble .... assistant production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Living the Lie" - USA (alternative title)
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USA:105 min | UK:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Gets by on a good story, 22 August 2005
Author: musicboater from United States

This film is was made in 1995 as a television drama for a broadcast network. The film is a made-for-TV-movie and thus has all of the elements that make it a mediocre, predictable, well, television movie. The fact that the story is based (and at times the exact same) on true events that occurred to the Hawkins family is the only real reason the film is worthwhile watching.

Lea Thompson plays Brianne Hawkins, a woman suffering from mental and physical abuse from her family members, particularly her husband, Clay. The plot builds when she and Clay are found guilty of murder and she helps create a story to keep them out of prison...and the rest is history.

Thompson's acting is above average (for a television film), and her portrayal of Brianne is authentic. In addition, the abusive husband Clay, played by James Marshall (who is normally known for easy-going, kind characters) is also above par. Marshall's roles are usually hit-and-miss, although this character is performed quite well. The audience identifies with all of the characters and finds sympathy with Brianne and the Cleary family.

Peter Werner, an old expert at television film, shows us nothing new with the film, but gives us the typical melodrama that comes with a TV film. It seems, during certain scenes, that Werner could add more direction to both the cinematography and the acting, as they seem stale and overused at times. Werner does do a good job, however, instilling some underlying themes in the film, and gives the viewer the chance to think about the situation and reflect upon values and morals.

Mark Snow's music is great in its own right, but at times Werner seems as if he doesn't know when to place it. Overall, however, the jazzy, suspenseful feel Snow gives the audience is acceptable.

I would recommend this film to anyone who has studied the Brianne Hawkins's case, and to anyone who is a fan of Werner, Thompson, or Marshall. Otherwise, this film shows nothing particularly exciting. The fact the story is true--to a certain extent--makes the film worthwhile, but it's not something I recommend people rushing to buy or rent. If you're looking for a two-hour time passer, I'd suggest one give it a shot, but don't prioritize this film above much else.


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