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A Little Thing Called Murder (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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Kenny Kimes (as Jake Smith)
Bill Meilen ...
Brent King ...
Kenny at 11 / 12 yrs.
Allison Hossack ...
Journalist (as Tiffany Knight)
Doris Chillcott ...


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 »


Featured in The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2006) See more »

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The Judy Horror Picture Show
25 January 2006 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

We're told that the Sante and Kenny Kimes is a true story. Not even Tennessee Williams would have dare to dream up a mother/son relationship like this one. Horribly funny. Monstruosly entertaining. Judy Davis is, quite simply, spectacular. Although Richard Benjamin (the director) seems to go for the campy aspects of this outrageous tale, Judy Davis keeps it rooted to some kind of illogical logic. Sante's madness is a first for the screen. Part Bette Davis, part Judy Garland but one hundred per cent Judy Davis. If that seems like an absurdity, look at the movie. Sante/Judy is in constant movement even when she's standing still. A fearless magnificent performance. If this little murder had been a big screen movie. Judy would, certainly, be nominated for an Oscar.

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