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What Happened to Bobby Earl? (1997)

Rose Earl is proud as a peacock when Bobby, her eldest, whom she raised, like his kid brother Michael, to become moral men and model citizens, is the first member of the modest family ever ... See full summary »

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Rose Earl
Drew Ebersole ...
Bobby Earl
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Tom Stahl
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Chelsea Coals
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Jack Dietrick
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Michael Earl
Sean McCann ...
Mr. Earl
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Mark
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Jenny Kozinski
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Andy
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Steve Talbert
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Officer Drummond
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Nicki Corlis
Damir Andrei ...
Simon
Sean Dick ...
Jake
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Rose Earl is proud as a peacock when Bobby, her eldest, whom she raised, like his kid brother Michael, to become moral men and model citizens, is the first member of the modest family ever to get accepted at college. It will take a while till she starts getting aware of it, but after he joins a respectable fraternity Bobby becomes ever more influenced by his roomy, the ambitious Tom Stahl, who promises him the world as they form an unbeatable team, the suave killer type and the puppy-eyed ideal son-in-law, and gradually drags him into the dark side of his glamorous life-style, complete with an adult lover, Chelsea Coals, who drags the boys even further from the righteous path, straight into crime; at last, after things have already gone wrong for them, he gets doubts and wants out, but they are too deep already. Rose's life becomes a never-ending nightmare when Bobby is suddenly missing, and she must gradually discover the grim truth before she gets to solve Bobby's fate... Written by KGF Vissers

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"Murder in a College Town" was the title of the TV movie I watched...
21 April 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Not as bad as some of these other reviews state--but then I'm not a frequent watcher of Lifetime movie channel so I can't say I'm familiar with this type of story being repeated again and again. It's based on a true story which I imagine has been fictionalized to turn it into a suitable melodrama for TV mystery fans.

KATE JACKSON is the mother whose son gets in with the wrong crowd at college, a naive and wholesome guy who is soon caught up in criminal capers beyond his control thanks to bad company like MATTHEW SETTLE and KRISTIAN ALFONSO. They commit burglary and arson with Bobby Earl (DREW EBERSOLE) who wants out when the crime ring wants him to be the lookout for their latest burning of a warehouse. When Bobby Earl leaves, and confides in his mother, Settle and Alfonso set him up to be murdered.

Slickly produced with handsome sets and generally well acted, it passes the time quickly enough but suffers from seeming padded out to fill a two-hour time slot on TV. Jackson is okay but has been better in other roles. Her final scene with the younger son is a touching one where she tries to put a soothing touch on the sibling rivalry of brother against brother.


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