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Skeletons (1997)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  25 April 1997 (USA)
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A heart attack moves a Pulitzer winning journalist to leave NY for the peace of a small New England town, but he soon finds himself pulled into a case of a man accused of killing his gay ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reverend Carlyle
Heather Crane (as Dee Wallace Stone)
Zach Crane
Melanie Jove
D. Paul Thomas ...
Sheriff Joe Carlton
Mayor Harley Dunbar
Toby Carlyle (as Pat Thomas)
Clive Rosengren ...
Jacob MacIntire
Mr. Muir
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Belinda Dunbar


A heart attack moves a Pulitzer winning journalist to leave NY for the peace of a small New England town, but he soon finds himself pulled into a case of a man accused of killing his gay lover with the blade of a shovel. Wanting to keep the case quiet, the town turns against the journalist and his family when he begins digging into its secrets, until finally the accused man is found hanging in his cell and the truth comes out about more than just the killing. Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

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Beneath the surface, nothing is what it seems.


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Grauen in einer kleinen Stadt  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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This was one of the first seven films to be foreclosed by the Screen Actors Guild for non-payment of wages and residuals to SAG members. On 13 July 2004, rights to the film were sold at auction. See more »


Reverend Carlyle: You cannot hide from an AK-47 that's been blessed by the lord.
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References Bambi (1942) See more »

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Big city folk meet small town attitudes
24 September 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ron Silver, James Coburn and Christopher Plummer are interesting to watch in this unoriginal plot about something rotten in an apparently perfect New England small town. The film suffers from a crisis of identity, starting off like a legal drama, developing shades of high school angst, a horror element and, well, I'll stop there rather than give away the ending. As someone else has said in this forum, the story fizzles out at the end. Bad plot, only just saved by some decent acting. 5 out of 10.

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