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Verdict in Blood (2002)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 27 May 2002
Widowed Joanne Kilbourn is an ex-police officer, whose deceased husband Ian was the Ontario provincial Attorney General when he was murdered. His murder was eventually solved six years ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanne Kilbourn
Alex Emanuel
Judge Marcia Blackwell
Wade Waters
Shannon Blackwell
Lucy Blackwell
Ken James ...
Ernest Klassen
Angela Gei ...
Dianne Klassen
Callahan Connor ...
Angus Kilbourn
Natasha La Force ...
Taylor Kilbourn
Pamela Wallin ...
Alex Campbell ...
Eli Rollins
Diego Chambers ...
Officer Lau


Widowed Joanne Kilbourn is an ex-police officer, whose deceased husband Ian was the Ontario provincial Attorney General when he was murdered. His murder was eventually solved six years after the incident. After a stint as a criminology professor, Joanne now works as the criminal and justice expert for a local television news show. Her latest assignment is do an in-depth story on Judge Marcia Blackwell, who used to be known for delivering harsh sentences, but as of late has been more compassionate in sentencing the convicted. After an off the record comment to Joanne that she is taking early retirement, Judge Blackwell is found murdered in her home, she bludgeoned on the head. Joanne's story turns to Judge Blackwell's murder, Joanne working alongside the chief police investigator, Detective Alex Emanuel. Joanne and Alex find that there are many potential suspects, including an ex-con who Judge Blackwell sentenced years earlier and with who she later had a very close association, a ... Written by Huggo

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27 May 2002 (Canada)  »

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Wendy Crewson is Joanne Kilbourn in "Verdict in Blood," based on one of the Joanne Kilbourn series of books. Robert Davi and Sally Kellerman also star.

Widowed, ex-police officer Joanne Kilbourn is now a crime expert for a TV news show. Currently she's working on the profile of Judge Marcia Blackwell (Kellerman). Once known for being tough on the bench, she recently gave two years' probation to a drug addict who had thrown a woman through a closed window. On her way out of the courtroom, she tells Joanne that she's taking early retirement.

The next day, Detective Alex Emanuel (Shawn Doyle) summons Joanne to the judge's home. She's been murdered. And there are lots of suspects. Her will has virtually cut off her two daughters and given all her money to a rehabilitation organization for drug users; she is letting a drug addict live in her coach house; the husband of the woman thrown through the window resents her and drove to her house that evening; she was seen fighting with the head of the rehab center (Davi) that evening; and her lawyer may have been blackmailing her. Joanne also uncovers child abuse and the distasteful way that Blackwell's now-institutionalized husband made his money.

Actually this isn't bad for a Canadian-produced book adaptation. It's definitely better than the Mary Higgins Clark adaptations. I like Wendy Crewson; in fact, this cast seemed above average overall.

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