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Writers (WGA):
Lawrence Schiller (book)
Tom Topor (teleplay)
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Release Date:
27 February 2000 (USA) See more »
About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant Jonbenet Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Kris Kristofferson ... Lou Smit

Marg Helgenberger ... Patsy Ramsey

Ronny Cox ... John Ramsey

Ken Howard ... Alex Hunter

John Heard ... Larry Mason

Peter Friedman ... Peter Hofstrom

Scott Cohen ... Steve Thomas

Deirdre Lovejoy ... Detective Linda Arndt

Sean Whalen ... Jeff Shapiro

John Rubinstein ... Rev. Hoverstock

Jane Powell ... Kit Andre

Dennis Boutsikaris ... Chief Koby

J.C. MacKenzie ... Trip Demuth
Murphy Guyer ... John Eller

Margo Martindale ... Linda Hoffmann-Pugh (Ramsey Housekeeper)

John Benjamin Hickey
Patrick Tovatt

John Dennis Johnston

Juan Carlos Hernández (as Juan Hernandez)

R.E. Rodgers ... Det. Ron Gosage
David Nieman (as Dave Nieman)

Tim Hopper
Frederick Coffin
Bob Eric Hart ... Bryan Morgan
Dyanne Iandoli ... JonBenet Ramsey

Ann-Margret ... Nedra Paugh
Scott Wilkinson ... John Douglas
John Seitz ... Bill McReynolds
Rod McLachlan ... Officer Bob Whitson

Elizabeth Hansen ... Priscilla White
Phil Riesen ... John Fernie (as Phil Reisen)
Dane Stevens (as Duane Stephens)

Jim Lau ... Dr. Henry Lee
Coco Nebeker ... Karen Sheehan
Tayva Patch ... Det. Jane Fleming

James Macdonald ... Det. Mark Beckner (as James MacDonald)

George Sullivan ... Bob Miller

Bill Mondy ... Ron Walker
Christy Summerhays ... Karena Thomas
Becky Harding ... Alex Hunter's assistant
Karen Alston ... Susan Stine

Michael Flynn ... Governor Roy Rohmer

Joseph C. Phillips ... Det. McKinley
Tyler Sharp ... Burke Ramsey
Bruce Newbold ... Michael Bynum
Anne Sward ... Melody Stanton

Rick Macy ... Coroner Meyer

A.C. Peterson ... Charles Elbot (as Alan Peterson)
L. Melvin Ward ... Glenn Thomas

Robert Sedgwick ... Chris Wolf (as Rob Sedgwick)

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine ... Det. Everett (as Ntare Mwine)
Jeannine Corbo ... Jackie Dilson

Matt Malloy ... Gary Merriman
Terry Wood ... TV Anchor
Nyk Fry ... FBI Agent #1
David Kirk Chambers ... Second FBI agent

Sam Dalton ... Steven E. Pitt

Craig Clyde ... Carl Whiteside

Steven Fales ... David

Carl Nelson ... Michael Tracy
Micaela Nelligan ... Waitress
Jesse Bennett ... Bill Hagmeyer

Ruby Chase ... Jillian (as Ruby Chase O'Neil)
Alan Lane ... Prosecutor
Danielle Sanborn ... Andrea

Teri Cowan ... Friend in church
Derek White ... Photographer

Lincoln Hoppe ... Patrol Officer
Joel Bishop ... Det. Byfield
Melinda Haynes ... Ramsey's assistant (as Melinda C. Haynes)
Brad Nygren ... Defense lawyer
Julie Hayden Jordon ... Herself
Marianne Wesson ... Herself
Brian Maass ... Himself
Craig Lewis ... Himself
Gregg McCrary ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arndt ... Herself (archive footage)
K. Bethers ... T.V. Reporter
Trip Demuth
Henry Di Carlo ... Reporter

Deborah Lee Douglas ... Jenny
John Eller ... Himself (archive footage)
John Garrett ... CNN Interviewer

Danny Hansen ... Detective

Jeremy Hoop ... Elliot Zaret (as Jeremy W. Hoop)
Alex Hunter ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Koby ... Himself (archive footage)

Rebecca C. Olson ... Reporter (as Rebecca Olson)
John Ramsey ... Himself (archive footage)
Patsy Ramsey ... Herself (archive footage)
Jeff Shapiro ... Himself (archive footage)
Craig Silverman ... Himself
Lou Smit ... Himself (archive footage)

Susan Dolan Stevens ... Patsy Ramsey's Best Friend (as Susan Dolan)

David Stuart ... Terry Sparrow
Henry Wiehebrink ... Reporter (scenes deleted)
Kurt Bauman ... Airline Mechanic #1 (uncredited)

Elizabeth Miklavcic ... Towns Person (uncredited)

Lawrence Schiller ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Lawrence Schiller 
Writing credits
Lawrence Schiller (book "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town")

Tom Topor (teleplay)

Produced by
Lawrence Schiller .... executive producer
Lawrence Schiller .... producer
Richard Waltzer .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Cacavas 
Cinematography by
Peter Sova 
Film Editing by
Freeman A. Davies 
Tom Rolf 
Casting by
Kathleen Chopin 
Alexa L. Fogel 
Production Design by
Steven Legler 
Art Direction by
Kevin Egeland 
Set Decoration by
Eric Weiler 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Matthews 
Makeup Department
Gina Homan .... makeup department head
Erin Lyons .... key hair stylist
Wayne Massarelli .... makeup artist: Ann-Margret
Cynthia L. McCourt .... key hair stylist
Stephanie Scott .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Barbara Black .... unit production manager
Darren Frankel .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Hennessey .... second second assistant director
Robert Andrew Reeves .... second assistant director
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michelle Fairbank .... assistant props
Shane Feulner .... carpenter
Kipling Hicks .... assistant set decorator
Astrid Kemnitz .... leadperson
Mark J. Mullins .... carpenter
Ian Roylance .... property master
Linden Snyder .... assistant art director
W. Wayne Walser .... construction coordinator (as Wayne Walser)
Michael J. Wheeler .... leadman
Sound Department
Karma Barber .... adr back-up recordist
Karma Barber .... foley artist
Doug Davey .... re-recording mixer
Halima K. Gilliam .... assistant sound editor
Al Gomez .... supervising foley mixer
Bryant Grizzell .... boom operator
Chris Haire .... re-recording mixer
Mark Kilburn .... boom operator: some Boulder segments
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Dave Schaaf .... production mixer: some Boulder segments
Don Summer .... sound mixer (as Donald B. Summer)
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Mike Tristano .... special effects makeup
Camera and Electrical Department
Kathy Amerman .... still photographer
Kurtis Burr .... assistant camera
Robert Conder .... grip
John Farr .... gaffer
Jason Jensen .... second assistant camera
Kevin Kennedy .... key grip
Glade Quinn .... dolly grip
John Raymer .... best boy electric
David 'D.R.' Rhineer .... first assistant camera (as David Rhineer)
Brian Sullivan .... camera operator
John Trapman .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Casting Department
Daniel J. Bagley .... daily casting
Cate Praggastis .... casting: Utah
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lawane Cole .... costume supervisor
Alyson Hancey .... costumer
Carmen Nydegger .... costumer
Kacie Seamons .... personal costumer: Ann-Margret
Editorial Department
Tom Carradine .... apprentice editor
Damon Reeves .... assistant editor: lightworks
William Yeh .... assistant editor
Location Management
T. De Luca .... location assistant
Jennifer Miller .... assistant location manager
David B. Smith .... location manager
Dennis Williams .... location scout
Music Department
Teresa James .... performed by: theme song
Celia Weiner .... music editor
Transportation Department
Mark A. James .... transportation coordinator
Brett Miller .... driver
Other crew
Greg W. Anderson .... stand-in
Terry Chupak .... production coordinator (as Terry L. Chupak)
Mitch Engel .... studio representative
Steve Gehrke .... script supervisor
Jesse Griffith .... assistant: Mr. Waltzer
Julie Kang .... assistant: Mr. Schiller
Michael King .... media coordinator
Iris Lincoln .... assistant to director
Andie C. Rice .... production accountant
Audra Rodgers .... assistant production coordinator (as Audra Cervantes)
Nelie Shah .... assistant: Mr. Waltzer
Mike Staheli .... set medic
Rorie D. van Klaveren .... production secretary

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178 min
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Dyanne the child who played Jonbenet, did not participate in the murder scenes or see the basement. She was also aways referred to as by her name and never jonbenet.See more »
Anachronisms: Two Tabloid reporters meet in the International Airport in Denver, Colorado, near a fountain. Built to completion in 1994, the Jeppesen Terminal Building still had no complete fountain in the center of the hall until years later. In fact, in April of 1997,the year depicted in the scene, an artist had not even been chosen for the fountain project, who chose the multi-level system of fountains seen in the background.See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Americana, 8 February 2006
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

True crime docu-dramas are interesting because they allow you to get some insight into certain social conditions in a certain part of the world. Seen from that angle, this movie offers quite a lot. The viewers get to know the beautiful scenery of the town of Boulder, Colorado, a place most of us may like to live in. In the movie, it serves as the almost constantly perceptible background to a very sad story, the murder of a little girl. There is no happy ending. The person who committed this atrocious crime is not apprehended and very likely never will be. The movie does not participate in the guessing game. Instead it tries to document the tribulations of a community not used to the widespread attention the crime is given and the ensuing pressure from the media.

What makes this story and the movie interesting is the feeling it conveys that there seem to be serious cultural differences within the USA (which I think is little known in my part of the world). The parents of the murdered girl had moved to Boulder from the Southeast not too long before the tragedy. They brought with them a lifestyle which to the people of Boulder might have seemed unusual and strange, and this seems to have furthered suspicions against them. The parents in their turn did not seem to trust their surroundings anymore once the tragedy happened and tried to get back East „into safety" immediately. One can only guess how many misunderstandings this general mistrust might have caused and how this prevented the crime from being solved.

The acting is very good, all characters are convincing, especially Deirdre Lovejoy as the young detective who is brutally left to her own devices in a very difficult and complicated situation and Sean Whalen as tabloid journalist Jeff Shapiro, a character who seems to be the screen writer's pet and offers some comic relief. The only thing that disturbed me is the title. Perfect Murder? I mean, I can understand the slightly ironic meaning of Perfect Town, but perfect murder, this indicates a criminal act someone profited from without getting punished. Who on earth should profit from the murder of a little girl?

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