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Death Benefit (1996)

Steven Keeney is a big corporate lawyer who decides to take on a small-time murder case to discover the true circumstances behind the death of a young girl. Virginia McGinnis is the one ... See full summary »

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Steven Keeney
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Virginia McGinnis
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Wynn Burkholder
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Sylvia Guzman (as Penny Johnson)
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LouAnne Wilkens
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Sarah West
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Mark Vandenberg
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Rod Montgomery
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Dick Coates
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Tim O'Grady
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Dr. Susan Lindsay-Rhodes
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Eddie Edison
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Melissa Wilkens
Nathan Lawrence ...
Christian Keeney
Rick Cicetti ...
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Steven Keeney is a big corporate lawyer who decides to take on a small-time murder case to discover the true circumstances behind the death of a young girl. Virginia McGinnis is the one suspected of pushing the women off the cliff to collect on a small insurance policy. The further he goes into the case the more he reveals about the background of the suspect. Keeney finds support from others who also want to find out the truth behind the case. Written by Chantel Cotterell <ynnahc@msn.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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13 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Bénéfice mortel  »

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Pretty good for a television movie!
13 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I like this movie for some strange reason. I think Peter Horton is believable as a Louisville attorney who goes from corporate to a criminal case with a possible psychopath female serial killer played wonderfully by Carrie Snodgress. I found Horton's character of Steven Keeney to be believable. He grows conscious over a young girl's fallen death and her mother's inquiry regarding her insurance policy opens a can of worms leading to Virginia McGinnis whose primary motive is to collect money on their insurance policies. We begin a journey with Keeney to discover a disturbing psychopath cold-blooded killer capable of the unthinkable. I won't tell you anything more without spoiling the movie. I was impressed with supporting performances by Elizabeth Ruscio as the victim's mother and I enjoyed the rapport between Keeney's secretary Sara West played by Belita Moreno who is now on the George Lopez Show and himself. I found that to be refreshing and memorable too. I am giving this film an 8 because I think it was weak on some parts and could have explored Virginia's personality and background more clearly but I think it is a very high grade for a television film.


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