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A Slight Case of Murder (1999)

A film critic accidentally kills his lover during a spat in which she falls and hits her head. In panic, he immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment. A private ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Terry Thorpe
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Detective Fred Stapelli
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Kit Wannamaker
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John Edgarson
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Patricia Stapelli
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Detective Larry Gray
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John Brant
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Cabby
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Scott
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Laura Penny
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Bob
Wenna Shaw ...
Brant's Assistant
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Mr. Petrovsky
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Bank Teller
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Captain O'Donnell
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A film critic accidentally kills his lover during a spat in which she falls and hits her head. In panic, he immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment. A private investigator had been tailing the woman for her ex-husband. Realizing what happened, the investigator launches a blackmail scheme. The critic turns the tables after the investigator turns in his report. Meanwhile the police enter the case. Led by a detective with screenwriting ambitions, the chief suspect becomes the critic. But the detective's ambitions shrouds his judgment. He invites the critic to dinner and an affair with the detective's wife is initiated. Meanwhile, the critic's regular girl friend is suspicious of the whole affair. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Terry Thorpe: If you're going to commit a murder -- and I don't recommend it -- one thing you should definitely not do is sleep with the investigating officer's wife. It just makes for a lot of unnecessary complications.
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References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Written by Eric Idle
Arrangement by Chris Desmond
Used by permission of Kay-Gee-Bee Music & Python (Monty) Pictures, Ltd.
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A fresh, creative, tight tale of mischief, misdeed, & misadventure
5 October 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"A Simple Case of Murder" is a tight and clever little noirish caper comedy-drama made for commercial tv. William H. Macy, that "Fargo" guy, is at the center as a film critic who has an argument with a lady friend who slips, hits her head and dies. What follows is a slow, one step forward and two back unraveling of Macy's cover up scheme which leads to extortion, robbery, murder and lots of tongue-in-cheek humor while Macy narrates from both sides of the camera. A fun little "sleeper" on video.


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