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A Little Thing Called Murder (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 23 January 2006
Based on the true story of mother/son tag-team Sante Kimes and her offspring, Kenny, who crisscrossed the country and committed a string of crimes, among them robbery, fraud, arson, slavery, and murders that shocked the world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sante Kimes
Kenny Kimes
Ken Sr.
Beverly Bates
Young Kenny Kimes (as Jake Smith)
Lt. Harold Evans
Matthew Weissman
Bill Meilen ...
Mel Sachs
Brent King ...
Kent Walker
Kenny at 11 / 12 yrs.
Allison Hossack ...
Prosecutor Eleanor Hunt
Journalist (as Tiffany Knight)
Doris Chillcott ...
Irene Silverman


Sante Kimes found a rich man, Ken, but he wasn't dumb enough to marry her. So her son Kenny Jr. isn't co-heir with his step-siblings. However the boy is made her accomplice in an endless series of shameless crimes, from shoplifting to elaborate scams. After her four year jail term, Kenny is unable to escape her clasp again. When his father dies, he's dragged along throughout the US as an 'enforcer' for even more daring crimes, as she's determined to avoid jail - by murdering dangerous witnesses. Written by KGF Vissers

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Mother. Son. Mayhem.


Comedy | Drama


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23 January 2006 (USA)  »

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When Kenneth Kimes Sr has passed away in the car, he's visibly still breathing. See more »


References The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) See more »

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Absolutely Unlike Anything I've Ever Seen
25 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Yes, it's easy to bash any LIFETIME movie. However, the film "A Little Thing Called Murder" should have been released to theaters. The film tells the true story of Sante Kimes, a flamboyant liar, con artist, manipulator and all-around evil witch. Sante is played by Judy Davis, who should win every possible acting award for this disturbing yet oddly funny black comedy. Sante leads her son, Kenny, (the criminally cute Jonathan Jackson) into a life of merciless horror. She conditions him and shapes his mind the minute he is born. The story of Sante and her son Kenny has been the source of various books and a movie, "Like Mother, Like Son" with Mary Tyler Moore as Sante. That film told the story in a serious and dramatic fashion. In a stroke of creative brilliance, director Richard Benjamin decided to present this material as outrageous and zany. It truly is; if you know the story, you'll know that nobody could come up with it from imagination. Sante is a ruthless, cunning, cold-hearted sociopath...but we see that she doesn't realize that what she does is wrong. She does things HER way and God help anybody who stands up to her. Sante and Kenny murder people, order arson on houses, scam several banks, steal cars, and Lie...Lie...LIE. Lies piled up on top of other lies. Judy Davis and Jonathan Jackson are both incredible in this movie, which manages- and delivers- chuckles in an otherwise grim story. Director Richard Benjamin took the absolute right-on approach with handling this mess of a story. KUDOS to all involved.

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