The Art of Murder (1999)

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An abused wife (Joanna Pacula) turns to another man and becomes the victim of a blackmailer.


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Cast overview:
Cole Sheridan
Elizabeth Sheridan
Tony Blanchard
Willie Kassel
Nathaniel DeVeaux ...
Sheriff Powers Crawford (as Nathaniel Deveaux)
Ora Mae Howell
Ken Lothrop
Thomas Miller ...
Tommy Lothrop
Jaclynn Grad ...
Casey McHugh
John Nelson ...
John Tierney ...
Burton Hiasen
Kim Stern ...


Elizabeth Sheridan is a painter, living in a beautiful home on the coast near Seattle, where her wealthy husband Cole runs a yacht-building company. Elizabeth and the firm's top designer, Tony Blanchard, are having an affair. A particularly nasty blackmailer confronts her with pictures, threatening to give them to Cole; she and Tony agree to pay, but after two deaths and a torched house, things have gotten complicated: infidelity pales next to a murder charge. An high-school yearbook photo takes her further into danger. What motive might explain and connect the twists? Is she ensnared beyond hope? Written by <>

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Rated R for a scene of strong sexuality, nudity, and some violence and language | See all certifications »





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Film noir setup with some imaginative plot twists,
18 May 2007 | by (Cornwall) – See all my reviews

A decent script with innovative (and believable) plot twists can be found if one dusts away the substandard acting and directing. Sadly, Moriarty appears to be barely able to stand during most scenes. The once beautiful Pakula is too old to play this role, and exhibits the enthusiasm of a beaten mule. Peter Onorati is pedestrian as a villain who should be played as a maniac. Interesting the wish list for casting in this was: Gene Hackman (in Moriarty's role) Alec Baldwin (as Tony) Rachel Ward in Pakula's role, and Willem Dafoe in Onorati's role. (script was written in mid -eighties) The original setting was Charleston, South Carolina, with the principles members of the southern aristocracy.

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