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The Beneficiary (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Thriller  -  3 January 1997 (USA)
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A man and woman detective team investigate the murder of a corporate president, but because the deceased was a friend of the male detective, he is reluctant to believe the signs that point to the widow as the killer. Still, the team take turns watching her movements, but during the male detective's turn, his past friendship with the deceased gradually allows him access to the suspected widow, and it isn't long before they're in bed together. But when he discovers that she's the beneficiary to millions that had been meant for her husband, the detective is moved in ways quite unpredictable. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Above-average thriller.
10 July 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

There's no question whodunnit in this movie--we see that early on for ourselves as a woman kills her husband and arranges it to look as if an intruder in their home did it, along with raping her. What isn't clear is why she did it. Her husband is cheating on her but that doesn't seem to be the motive. She's the beneficiary of a $6 million insurance policy but she gives that to charity. The detectives assigned to investigate are split on the matter. The female partner smells something fishy about the wife's story, but the male detective wants to believe the widow and soon gets romantically involved with her.

That last item may be a cliche in thrillers of this type but this movie does a good job of telling a fresh story in a genre where it seems like every plot twist has been done many times before. Stacy Haiduk is good as the cool and conniving murderer and 'The Beneficiary' is an above-average thriller.


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