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The Two Mr. Kissels (2008)

Drama based on a true story. Rich, high-flying brothers Robert and Andrew Kissel seemingly have everything: beautiful wives who love them, great jobs and huge houses. But beneath the ... See full summary »

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Nancy Keeshin
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Hayley Wolff
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Bill Kissel
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Michael Del Priore
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David Pariser
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Juan Castillo
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Deborah Kissel - age 6
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Mary Kissel - age 9 / 11
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Mary Kissel - age 3 (as Sydney Cross)
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Ruth Kissel - age 6

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Drama based on a true story. Rich, high-flying brothers Robert and Andrew Kissel seemingly have everything: beautiful wives who love them, great jobs and huge houses. But beneath the surface lie resentments and secrets that will eventually be their horrible undoing. Written by logonjitendra

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When Nancy is on the couch with Tony and Robert calls her from Hong Kong, the flip phone she is on snaps shut as she answers it. She then opens it fully and begins her conversation with her husband. If a flip phone is opened part of the way and then closes, even if it is not opened fully, the call is disconnected. See more »

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Never Surrender
Written by Carlos Villalobos and Charlie Brumbly
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Courtesy of North Port Music
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Pretty boring with canned scenes as if they were on a tight production time line
16 August 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Although the story is based on an actual events and court records of the two rich and famous brothers respective demise Mrs. Shullivan and I were disappointed in the films content mainly because there seemed to be no depth of character to any of the four key actors who played Robert and Andrew Kissel and their respective wives. Andrew Kissel was played by John Stamos, his wife Hayley was played by Gretchen Egolf, Anson Mount played Robert Kissel and Robin Tunney played his murderous wife Nancy.

Anson Mount who played Robert Kissel seemed to just read his lines off a script and we could not relate to his character what so ever. We have watched his latter work as the rough and tough railway foreman in the hit TV series Hell On Wheels so we know he has some good acting chops. Unfortunately his character portrayal of Robert Kissel was so shallow that the viewing audience has a hard time feeling any empathy for the good lucking guys imminent fate that awaited him. As for Rober Kissel's wife Nancy played by Robin Tunney, the films director, Ed Bianchi seemed hell bent on parading Ms. Tunney in her bra and panties in almost every second scene she was in and I can't for the life of me figure out what Bianchi was attempting to achieve. This was supposed to be a story based on actual events that lead to the death of the Two Mr. Kissels as the movie title represents. The cheap flashing of a half naked Nancy Kissel (who in real life is a homely looking Mrs. Kissel) just cheapened what could have had the makings of a true life killer thriller.

The film provided zero coverage of neither of the actual court trials of the murderers of the brothers the Two Mr. Kissels as part of the movie content. Instead the film focused mainly on two characters, the first being the overbearing Nancy Kissel and the senseless murder of her husband Robert. The second story focused on fraudster Andrew Kissel who was found murdered as he sat in a chair with his hands and feet bound, with his head covered with a sack, and with 27 stab wounds. All events were actual facts but we found the film so shallow that it would have been much more interesting a story if it was narrated by Bill Kurtis of the TV series Cold Case fame.

I have a hard time crediting the film with anything higher than a 4 out of 10 rating. I would give this film a pass.


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