The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999)

TV Movie  |   |  Thriller, Drama  |  9 May 1999 (USA)
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An account of early 1970s social activist Ira Einhorn, who murdered his girlfriend and then fled the country.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ira Einhorn
Fred Maddux
Meg Maddux
Det. Newhouse (as Ruben Santiago Hudson)
Saul Lapidus
Corporate Man
William G. Schilling ...
Robert Stevens
Albert Schultz ...
Lucas Rothman
Barbra Bronfman
Bea Einhorn
Bill MacDonald ...
Police Lieutenant
Richard DiBenedetto
Liz Maddux


Fact-based story about Ira Einhorn, a 70's peace-nik who is generally credited as one of the founders of Earth Day. In the late 60's and early 70's, Ira lived with Holly Maddux. But when she tries to leave him in 1977, she suddenly disappears. Later her body is discovered in a trunk in Einhorn's apartment. Let out on bail, Einhorn flees from the country and manages to elude authorities for years. Meanwhile he is convicted in absentia and sentenced to prison. Holly's father is determined to see his daughter's murderer brought to justice and has him tracked and is eventually caught in France in 1997. Martin Donovan appears as the assistant D.A. who put the case together. Today, Einhorn is now appealing his conviction. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caça ao Unicórnio  »

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1.33 : 1
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Kim Poirier played a girl who had an affair with Ira Einhorn however her scenes were deleted. See more »


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Never forget Holly Maddux!
2 June 2002 | by (San Antonio Texas) – See all my reviews

I have read a previous comment on this movie, and yes it is a long movie, if it is watched all at once, like on Lifetime Movies. It was originally a two part mini-series. I think people need to remember the horrible death Holly Maddux endured. Ira Einhorn is in the public light where he loves to be, whether it is bad or good. Of course where he is concerned, their is no good. It is so important to remember Holly Maddux a young women who was trying to make a life for herself, never to marry, or have children, taken from this world at the hand of another, and in such a brutal murder. My family and I payed our respect to her grave just yesterday, along with the graves of her father and mother. We have never met the family but had such strong feelings this movie gave us, we felt compelled to find her marker and leave flowers. I hope this movie touches you the way it touched me and my family, and that you will remember HOLLY MADDUX the victim, the person, and remember the family who would not give up until justice was done. The hippie guru has now been sent home to face his crime and punishment from France. He does however get to have a new trial...Go figure...That ought to make for interesting watch as well. How can you plead innocent for something you ran from for 23 years. He's toast.

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