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Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes (2001)

TV-PG | | Drama, Crime, Thriller | TV Movie 20 May 2001
Fans of Mary Tyler Moore may be taken aback by her performance in this fact-based drama, in which she plays a character far removed from her bubbly Laura Petrie and Mary Richards personae. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken 'Pappa' Kimes
Ken Radley ...
Arianthe Galani ...
Mark Mitchell ...
Tony Vatelero
Alex Breden ...
Kenny at 4 Years
Jared Daperis ...
Kenny at 8 Years
Daniel Daperis ...
Kent at 12 Years
Matthew Vennell ...
Kent at 15 Years
Matt Robinson ...
Kent at 18 Years (as Matthew Robinson)
Leighton Phair ...
Carolyne Cooper ...


Fans of Mary Tyler Moore may be taken aback by her performance in this fact-based drama, in which she plays a character far removed from her bubbly Laura Petrie and Mary Richards personae. She gets deep inside the role of Sante Kimes, whose childhood of abuse and exploitation leaves a legacy of amorality that she passes on to her son Kenny (Gabriel Olds). Written by Chance Fell

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The Real-Life Case That's Still Making Headlines.


Drama | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

20 May 2001 (USA)  »

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A Most Deadly Family  »

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Jean Stapleton's last acting role. She retired after completion of this movie. See more »

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This is a true story.... Sante and Kenny Kimes....
10 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And Mary Tyler Moore as the sociopath Sante Kimes. Her history is very interesting, and frightening at the same time. Moore gives an excellent performance here, she is not over the top and quite believable as Sante.

Robert Foster delivers a good performance as Ken 'Pappa' Kimes- Sante married this man for his money, enjoyed the high life in Los Angeles, Nevada, the Bahamas and Hawaii. Apparently Sante was capable of anything. She got her husband into a political affair for Jimmy Carter's election (similar in personality to John Wayne Gacy, who worked volunteered for Rosalynn Carter, and Ted Bundy, who volunteered for the Republican Governor in the state of Washington).

Basically Sante flips when her husband does not leave her any money in his will- he leaves it to his children. This kicks in her major criminal behavior, which leads her and her son (who is her devoted slave) to New York City. She manages to get her attractive son to rent an upscale apartment owned by wealthy NYC socialite Irene Silverman, (well- portrayed by Jean Stapleton). The scenes with Stapleton and her boxer, Sophie, are truly upsetting. Silverman was murdered on 4th of July weekend, when her house-man and maid were off for vacation. I believe there was also a scene where they drove from NYC to Manalapan, Florida (The wealthiest city, near Palm Beach ).

In court, Sante stands up and screams to the judge ..."there is no body...so there is no case...I am innocent".... A truly frightening movie, as it is all true. Sante and Kenny were sentenced to 220 years in prison, and presently the state of California is attempting to extradite them for their crimes in California. Highly recommended.9/10

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