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The Secret of Hidden Lake (2006)

TV Movie  -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  29 October 2006 (USA)
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A woman returns to her small-town home to investigate father's death, which authorities considered a mere hunting accident.

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When Maggie Dolan - Young, who works in a legal aid center in Chicago, hears here father Frank Dolan is in mortal danger, she returns after years to her birthplace, Hidden Lake; he recently retired as sheriff and apparently shot himself deer-hunting, but an autopsy shows he was murdered. Then she learns from reporter Zach Roth that dad was suspected of prisoner abuse. Her best friend before she left, Sam, then shows her the towns economy was largely taken over by development company Lorango, which owns the newspaper too, until it was stopped as Frank enforced legal licensing obligations; gradually more secrets from the past start to fit in and compromise just about everybody, and her life is threatened for real... Written by KGF Vissers

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Pretty good
25 January 2010 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

At the start of the movie, everything is brown or army green. I'm not sure if with the green it could be referred to as sepia tone.

Maggie and her father Frank have gone hunting on Buck Mountain near Hidden Lake, Colorado. Maggie is not doing too well, so she goes off by herself. A man grabs her and threatens to kill everyone she loves if she says anything.

20 years later, Maggie is working in Chicago, helping people who are having trouble with (for example) their landlords or with immigration. She gets a call that her father has been shot, apparently while hunting, and is in critical condition.

At the hospital, Maggie meets Alice, who raised her after her mother died and served as her father's housekeeper after that. Alice criticizes Maggie for leaving town and says she shouldn't have been so surprised at all the changes.

Frank recently retired after 23 years as sheriff. The Herald newspaper was taken over by Lorango, a developer that has made lots of changes in the process of turning the area into a tourist attraction. Not everyone was pleased with the changes, and Frank sided with the protesters. Now the newspaper wants to hurt his reputation, but Maggie doesn't believe her father would do anything wrong, and neither does his long-time friend Judge Landers. The current sheriff, a woman, also believes in Frank.

Maggie has a number of imaginary conversations with her father where he is in uniform, at home, in her vehicle, and at the hospital. Some of the conversations actually might have taken places several years earlier; for example, Frank wishes his daughter would stay in town because she can still use her knowledge to help people there.

Sam was Maggie's ex-boyfriend, and he now runs the diner. Two characters are named Jack Ford--an abusive father and his mechanic son.

Eventually, the truth comes out.

Most of the leading actors here do a good job, but I found four performances particularly impressive--as Frank, as Alice, as Judge Landers, and as Jack Ford Sr.

It's a pretty good mystery, with occasional violence but nothing too bad.


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