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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

A different chick flick

Author: Sonofamoviegeek from Canada
14 July 2006

At last: A chick flick where the woman's a pig and the man's a sensitive human being. This movie delves into the hidden half (quarter, one-eight?) of spousal abuse, when the woman is the abuser. For a low budget made-in-Canada TV movie, it's better than you would expect. Yes, Toronto masquerades as Chicago again (remember My Big Fat Greek Wedding). But Kelly Rowan plays evil so well, it makes you want to spit when she appears on the screen. Patty Duke is the name star but she plays the concerned mother so realistically that you don't realize she's dominating the movie. I recommend that you tape it if it ever appears on late night TV.

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Well- directed film...

Author: MarieGabrielle from United States
23 July 2006

this true story has very good performances and a sad, true story which unfolded in Chicago. Paul Schneider also directed: "Menendez, a Killing in Beverly Hills", as well as many Lifetime movies.

This film is noteworthy because of the performance by Patty Duke, as the victim's mother, and Kelly Rowan, as the perpetrator of a heinous crime. Robert Floyd, who portrays Timothy Dolan, the victim, is also a very believable and sympathetic character. Apparently, the family helped to cover up Dolan's murder, and it is sad to believe that this was a true story.

The backdrop of family violence, and psychological denial is also addressed. It is important and educational to watch such movies, realizing the frightening statistics of domestic violence and even homicide. You will enjoy this film, and Patty Duke again impresses us with her multi-faceted performance. 9/10

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Touching true-life story

Author: capang_guest from U.S.A.
29 July 2004

The movie was great, especially those based on actual events I find very intriguing to watch; just because I know it really happened and wasn't made up. You can learn something from these movies being that it happened in real life. A guy or a girl can learn that in the beginning of a relationship if you notice something disturbing in the person you're interested ins parents, then maybe take it as a "red flag" that maybe this person you're interested in could be the same way as the parents that brought them up.

As in this movie, when Timmy (the son eventually missing) noticed that his girlfriend's Mom was hitting on the Dad, which bothered him to see it; and he confronted his girlfriend about it, she got very defensive and angry and practically started hitting him as well, which continued on throughout the relationship. Now go figure why he didn't come home...


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

It's sad that this is a true story

Author: angelfir from usa
25 February 2000

Patty Duke did a good job at portraying a concerned mother.When I saw the ending statements,I was very disappointed in the sentences that the guilty people got!!

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

when he dint come home

Author: shantel514 from United States
14 May 2007

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I like all movies that Patty Duke played in. I am watching one now WHEN HE DIDN'T COME HOME..

It suppose to took place up here in Chicago and I recalled a truck being pulled out of the lake belonging to a Timothy Dolan many years ago.

this was a very sad story. and I was kind of disappointed at the end with the father and brother getting little time in jail for dumping the body in the river.

I wish it showed how much time the lady got for killing Timothy Patty Duke if you read this. you are my umber 1 actress of all time

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

When he didn't come home

Author: ebailey-2
24 August 2005

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This was a 'true crime' movie. Sorry some of you found it 'boring'. It is chilling because it shows how this upper crust family disposed of this young man's body (their daughter's husband) after their daughter had killed him. Apparently she flew into one of her rages and stabbed him when he was packing to leave her. He was probably still alive when this woman's parents took him out on one of their boats and disposed of him in the Ocean. This young mans' mother was determined to get to the bottom of this. If it had not been for his mother, they would have gotten away with it. Reminds you of the Natalee Holloway case doesn't it, i.e., Mr. Van Derr Sloot?

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Disappointing Duke performance

Author: guilfisher-1 from New York City
16 November 2008

I usually like Patty Duke's performances, but for some reason I felt she was held back in this one. Reminded me of that other film she made about her son disappearing and having married a horrible creature of a woman. But in that she was feisty and out to get the truth. In this one she sort of leans back and with less fire goes after the truth. I hated the girl Kelly Rowan. I guess she did a good job, for I wanted to slap her face whenever she appeared on the screen. Robert Floyd was wonderful as the son, although I couldn't understand why he took so long in figuring the witch out.

Rosemary Dunsmore and Barry Flatman played the girls parents. These are people you hope one day never to meet. I agree with other comments that the ending was awful. That these people didn't get the maximum sentences for their crimes of murder, yes murder, shows the lack of justice in this country. Their crime was heinous. They were unfeeling in carrying out their acts.

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