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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 <>

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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 »




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5 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A babaarcú gyilkos  »

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A 'strange but true' award winner.
7 September 1999 | by (Belfast, Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt one of the most interesting movies that I've seen in a while that claimed to be mostly true. It claimed, in fact, that the parts that they made up are the ones that you would believe at the drop of a hat. It's the TRUTH that leaves your head shaking and your jaw wide open.

The movie is funny, strange, and a little chilling; with decent acting to boot. If you have some time to kill, catch this on re-run.

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