Happy Face Murders (1999)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  5 September 1999 (USA)
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An eccentric older woman (Ann-Margret) implicates her brutal & controlling lover in the murder of a young intellectually disabled girl. Absorbed with "Murder She Wrote" and "Matlock", she ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorraine Petrovich
Jen Powell
Dylan McCarthy
Rusty Zuvic
Billy Lee Peterson
David McIlwraith ...
Alan Sanford
Ephraim Quince
Ed Baker
Tracy Billings
Christina Collins ...
Nancy Severn
Sean Dick ...
Charlie Severn (as Sean Calvin Dick)
Lynne Deragon ...
Virginia Billings
Tami Levitt ...
TJ's Bartender
Dr. Mike Strong


An eccentric older woman (Ann-Margret) implicates her brutal & controlling lover in the murder of a young intellectually disabled girl. Absorbed with "Murder She Wrote" and "Matlock", she creates details of the murder from clues she picks up from the detectives (Marg Helgenberger, Henry Thomas) on the case. Implicating herself and sentenced to jail, she then recants her testimony. But no one believes her until clues surface from the real killer that he is still out there, has killed before, and will kill again. He signs his messages with Happy Faces. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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They were searching for a killer. She was searching for a way out.


Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence including rape, and for sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A babaarcú gyilkos  »

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1.33 : 1
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amusing thriller/black comedy
5 April 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It had my full attention throughout, which is sometimes difficult for a film to do. There were no dull parts, and it got more and more amusing as it went on! I'm not sure which category this film comes under. It is a thriller, but also a comedy, and a murder mystery. Either way, it was a good film.

The lovely Henry Thomas made a great appearance, although his character didn't seem necessary, he was good to watch as always. The little comedic moments between him and the character Jen were wonderful to watch. I would give this film a 7. Sure, it's not the best movie ever made, but it kept my attention, and that's got to be a good thing.

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