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Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story (2002)

R | | Crime | TV Movie 18 March 2002
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The 1946/1947 murder trial of young and beautiful Evelyn Dick remains the most lurid murder case in Canadian history. After children find only the torso of her missing husband, John, Evelyn... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evelyn Dick
J.J. Robinette
Alexandra MacLean
Inspector Wood
Ken James ...
Donald MacLean
Detective Sgt. Preston
Tom McCamus ...
Crown Prosecutor Rigney
John Dick
Bill Bohozuk
Third Trial Judge
Gerry Quigley ...
Willy Landeg
Prison Matron
Heather Dick
David Gardner ...
Bohozuk's Lawyer
William Pappas ...
First trial judge


The 1946/1947 murder trial of young and beautiful Evelyn Dick remains the most lurid murder case in Canadian history. After children find only the torso of her missing husband, John, Evelyn is arrested for his murder. The head and limbs had been sawed from his body and evidence that they had been burned in the furnace of her home (she and her adolescent daughter shared with her parents) later surfaced. (There is some weird twist involving her parents and a supposed baby boy that she gave up for adoption some 3 years prior to the murder.) After she was sentenced to hang, lawyer J.J. Robinette appealed her case, and won an eventual acquittal. But, when police are tipped-off by her father, the decayed remains of Evelyn's baby boy encased in cement under the floor boards of her home are found. Although she is acquitted of the murder of her husband, she is sentenced to 11 years in prison for the murder of her infant son. No one was ever convicted of the murder of John Dick. Evelyn was ... Written by Robin <soonerzs@yahoo.com>

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Rated R for violent images and sexual content | See all certifications »




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Originally was to premiere on 11 September 2001, but was postponed due to the terrorist attacks of that day. See more »


References Love and Murder (2000) See more »


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Written by Alex Pangman
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Riveting, unexpectedly twisted
27 April 2004 | by (Sheffield, Vermont USA) – See all my reviews

This is a riveting tale of a beautiful young woman emotionally crippled by her abusive, controlling parents. The plot has many unexpected twists and as more is revealed about Evelyn Dick's life the story is increasingly compelling. She leaves the film almost as much an enigma as when she enters it. Good performances -- Kathleen Robertson is stunning in the lead role, and Brenda Fricker turns in a wicked performance reminiscent of some of Kathy Bates' characters. I enjoyed the use of high and straight-overhead camera angles and the use of stark lighting in many of the scenes. The costuming was terrific and the director made good use of the details in the closeup work. Visually a feast, all-around very good!

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