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Joanne Kilbourn, ex-detective turned university lecturer, is still haunted by the unsolved murder of her politician husband, Ian. At a fund raiser picnic thrown by her husband's old ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Boychuk
Rick Spencer
Domini Blythe ...
Eve Boychuk
Kevin Hicks ...
Soren Eames
Damon McGuire
Colombe Demers ...
Micka Kilbourn
Noah Shebib ...
Callahan Connor ...
Natasha La Force ...
Taylor Kilbourn
Ryan Kavanagh ...
Carey Boychuk
Katie Emme McIninch ...
Lori Evanson
Joyce Gordon ...
Marlene Morris
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Joanne Kilbourn, ex-detective turned university lecturer, is still haunted by the unsolved murder of her politician husband, Ian. At a fund raiser picnic thrown by her husband's old running-mate, Andy Boychuk, Jo and her old partner Millard overhear Andy arguing with a young woman who claims he is the devil. When the woman turns up dead later that night, Andy is Millard's chief suspect. Jo must determine whether or not her friend is guilty, and get to the truth behind the murder. Meanwhile, she continues to try to help her three children deal with the death of their father, and to integrate her newly adopted daughter, Taylor, into the family. Written by Sidekick

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23 April 2000 (Canada)  »

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Criminal Instincts: Deadly Appearances  »

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Andy's last name is spelled Boychuck on election campaign signs displayed in the movie. However, it is spelled Boychuk in the end credits. See more »


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A political candidate is murdered, and his longtime friend hunts for the killer.
13 February 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

"Deadly Appearances" was Gail Bowen's first novel, in what is now a 7 book series, featuring amateur detective, Joanne Kilbourn. Bowen mixes the problems of a single woman raising her family and Canadian provincial politics into a realistic setting for unusual murders. They are well crafted and contain fully realized characters. This is a movie of her title.

OK, so the actress is physically wrong for Joanne, I could live with that. However, one assumes that if the book was worth buying for film, you might film the plot--but no. Drop those minor characters, like the murderer, and change the plot (gay lovers! in Canada! Can't have that!), lose the motive, and the point--oh, and lose the whole Canadian thing. Poly Sci professor, naaah--make her a former cop, and throw in a love hate thing with her old partner who doesn't exist in the book. You have now made a great murder mystery with a fresh setting and unique sleuth into a run of the mill C movie that will fill 2 hrs on TV.

Give this a pass. Read the books.

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