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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful:

Fun

8/10
Author: g404c
22 September 2008

Marilu Henner gives an over-the-top performance in The Governor's Wife, which I caught on LMN last night. The movie is very predictable to the extent that the viewer can clearly differentiate the "good guys and the bad guys" within the first few minutes. But, that is not important. This thriller is more fun than anything and it is basically just an easy way to pass the time when you want to veg out.

Henner is the "the Governor's wife" and she makes the most out of the character. In summary, when the Governor is murdered, Henner summons her son (played by Matt Keeslar) and his fiancé (Emily Bergl) from LA to Santa Barbara. Henner and Bergl instantly clash. Meanwhile, a series of murders take place, all somehow connected to the deceased Governor.

I like movies like this--they are fun, easy on the eyes and don't take much energy to stay engaged. There are some beautiful exterior shots of LA and Southern California. All the acting is pretty much credible except for some outlandish moments but they are more fun than annoying. Henner looks great. Worth a look if you have nothing else to do.

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Poor TV movie

2/10
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
10 December 2009

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The governor is killed and his wife summons their son to her. She begins her scheming in the hopes of consolidating power. Then more murders happen.

Weak TV movie of the week does no one connected to it any favors. The weak script is under cut by sub-TV production (you can feel the crew standing behind the camera). The only one who seem to be doing more then walk through their paces is the cast, but while they are mostly game, they have nothing to work with. I'm sure this looked good on paper but on screen it plays badly. I'm still trying to work out what made me think this would even be good to rent.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Not the best I've seen!

3/10
Author: rtaggart-1 from United Kingdom
21 July 2009

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The film is titled "Deadly Suspicion." This is the story of a matriarch who is abruptly widowed. After the funeral she has to accept a prospective daughter - in - law into the fold. One of the worst movies ever -absolutely dreadful. The matriarch appears to be wise enough to cover her tracks by staying friends with the local police for decades and by appearing to be the grieving widow, yet halfway through she suddenly begins shooting at everything on two legs! The acting was hammy -if it wasn't over the top, it was flat and wooden. I'm referring in particular to the son. The story was poor and the dialogue pretty dreadful. There were some nice moments watching the Southern Californian countryside, but I can watch that in a travelogue. I've seen countless excellent thriller/domestic drama -type movies -this wasn't one of them. Stuck with it till the bitter end and wished I hadn't!

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Marilu Henner-Like the Good Old Gale Sondergaard-Governor's Wife ****

9/10
Author: edwagreen from United States
28 June 2009

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Wow! This is a great film. You sit there mesmerized by the wonderful performance of Marilu Henner as a manipulative, vicious murdering woman, who will do anything to keep her lifestyle as a queen and son all to herself.

Henner gives a terrific performance. Her very eye contact is the absolute embodiment of evil here and she has a field day in the same genre that Gale Sondergaard had during her years in film.

Henner stops at nothing to get what she wants. She has killed her 2nd husband after he apparently threatened to leave her. Her unbalanced step-daughter witnesses this and is institutionalized. The head of the institution fears Henner and will do anything she says. While she has an Oedipus complex regarding her son, she hates her prospective daughter-in-law and will do or say anything to eliminate her, even so far as to bring back a former girlfriend of the son.

The bodies begin to pile up as Henner begins eliminating 2 workers, and a newspaper reporter as well, all of whom threaten her very existence.

Henner is cunning and sly to the hilt. She gives a truly outstanding performance, certainly her best and one that she should be respected for.

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A Waste of Time

1/10
Author: owepar from United States
2 January 2009

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This was one of the stupidest movies I had ever watched. When it was over I couldn't believe I wasted my time watching it. The ending was too abrupt - the main character should have at least been tortured some before just being shot. The fact that Marilu Henner made this movie just makes me think less of her, she's been a fairly good actress in the past and I believe she could find better work. The scene toward the end where she shot the maid's husband was uncalled for and was not integral to the plot at all. They must have had 5 minutes to fill so they threw that part in. Don't waste your time with this one. I don't think any of the "new faces" will be building on much of a career with this movie.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Who iced the Gov!

5/10
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY
28 March 2011

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***MAJOR SPOILER ALERT*** It doesn't take a genius to figured who blasted former Governor Duke Black away within the first five minutes of the movie. Duke's old lady Ann's grieving widow act is so phony, as well as her self-inflicted shoulder injury, that the film doesn't for a moment try to keep the audience guessing if she did it or not!

Wanting Duke out of the way to both get her hands on his money and property as well as getting Jr. Nathan a top spot on the ticket as the states Attorney General Ann has a problem in that Nathan isn't all that interested in his mom's future plans for him. There's also the sticky matter of the late Gov's teenage daughter Hayley who may well have witnessed his murder who's after being tracked down by local Sheriff Carl Lovett was placed in a mental institution and doped up to the point where she can't even remember her own name much less the identity of her father's killer. What really gets Ann hot under the collar is Nathan's fiancée Dr. Heather McManus who's keeping him from going into politics by refusing to quit her job at the local hospital where she puts in 18 hours shifts. Nathan like Heather feels his mission in life is to help people in his job as a public defender not throw them behind bars as the state's new Attorney General!

Ann gets dressed in this real sexy black riding outfit and gets the house's drunk and horny handyman Keith Sila to terrorize Heather into leaving the Black residence by trying to both drive her off the road as well as rape her in her and Nathan's apartment. As for Ann she takes care of some unfinished business by getting pesky reporter Jill Quigly out in the middle of nowhere, on the vast Black estate, and instead of giving Jill the exclusive interview that she promised her blast her away before she can get her tape recorder operational! Things soon start to fall apart for Ann in that Heather not only recovers her memory but escapes from the mental institution and is now ready to expose her as her father's murderer!

Still trying to cover all the bases Ann gets handyman Keith, who has a habit of talking too much, good and drunk and then blows him away making it look like he committed suicide! Ann also goes so far as planting the idea in Nathan's head that his future wife Heather was fooling around behind his back by being pregnant with another man child!

****SPOILER****What really tips the scales of justice against Ann is when she went as far and murdering the one legged ranch-hand Bill who after him and his meek wife Vera took all he abuse that they could stomach from her attempted to blackmail Ann in revealing,from what the on the run Heather told him, that she's the person who murdered the Gov her husband! This just about flipped Ann out in not only murdering the defenseless Bill but in overplaying her hand as the innocent and grieving widow. Rushing over to the Black Mansion Ann now tries to stage a fatal accident for the very badly injured,from the car smash up that Keith forced her into, Heather that had both Nathan and Sheriff Lovett show up and catch Ann in the act and finally put an end to her madness!

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Deadly suspicious 10/10

Author: cheesyturd from New Zealand
27 August 2011

Wow! Just. Wow!!! talk about ten out of ten quality!!!!! Deadly suspicion left the audience with a tingling suspicion (ironic don't you think), what and amazing sound track to accompany this edge of your seat thriller!!! world class acting indeed!!!! why did this film not win an Oscar??? where has this film been all my life?? My vote: a movie for all ages and a definite watch :) this is the rise of the next generation of prime acting, i like the way the director puts across a very leading and tempting trail of events throughout the movie. suspicious. and quite creepy indeed. a few screams in this movie which is to be expected with actors like marilu henner and emily bergl :)

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