A high-school basketball coach uncovers a shocking secret about his new wife that she is willing to kill to protect.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridget Smith Michaels
Joanne Michaels
Ron Michaels
Detective Cochran
Diane Michaels
Helen Rawlings
Ken Young
Scott Wilkinson ...
Hayden Walker
Winston Becker
Preston Payvon
Richard Clark ...
Warren Buck
Ruth Hale ...
Ginny Smith
Kitty (as Lilliana Cabal)
Melvin Ward ...
Minister (as L. Mevin Ward)
Tayva Patch ...
Tina Walker


An apparently devoted wife and mother "accidentally" shoots her husband dead one night. The police are initially satisfied with her story until they learn that her first husband died in a similar manner. As the investigation gets underway, it slowly becomes clear that this God-fearing, pillar of the community has a double life and that she will stop at nothing, even murder, to protect her secrets. Written by Tim Hardy

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1 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nuit sans sommeil  »

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before he wakes
3 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Besides Jaclyn Smiths good looks her acting is quite good. I enjoyed this movie of a woman who apparently has no problem offing the men in her life. I think the strange thinking that killing a partner will solve problem is a mind bender in itself and is just interesting to watch. No blood and gore thankfully, but a nice twist in the story. The man, a Athlethic Coach she meets is breaking up from an amicable first marriage and falls for Jaclyns' good looks right away. His first wife is having remorse over the break up of their marriage, since she initiated the end of the marriage. She's a real nice woman, but he's enjoying his new wife until the money matters he thought were fine, are in fact in really bad shape, thats when we see just how dangerous Jaclyn is. I really enjoyed this TV movie and want to know where i can purchase ("before he wakes" and other) movies that are not sold in stores or on amazon? any good suggestions? thanks

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