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A Slight Case of Murder (1999)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  19 September 1999 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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
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Mr. Petrovsky
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Bank Teller
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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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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Written by Eric Idle
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Used by permission of Kay-Gee-Bee Music & Python (Monty) Pictures, Ltd.
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Wonderful, comic murder mystery!
4 October 2000 | by (Waterloo, Ontario) – See all my reviews

"A Slight Case of Murder" is an excellent TV movie, which is defiantly worth the price of a rental. William H. Macy is great as a movie critic who accidentally kills his mistress, and then has to try to conceal the crime. Although that may sound dark, the film is actually quite light hearted and funny, with many memorable lines ("Acting is harder than I thought- you ever see BODY HEAT? I think I owe Bill Hurt an apology" and my personal favourite "For next week answer these two questions about film noir, What do these people do during the day? and Why is it always raining?). The film has a great supporting cast including Macy's real life wife Felcity Huffman, James Cromwell and Adam Arkin. A must see for Macy fans!


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