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Small Town Murder Songs (2010)

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A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rita
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Ava
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Walter
Vladimir Bondarenko ...
Deacon
Stephen Eric McIntyre ...
Steve (as Eric McIntyre)
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Sam
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Jim
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Washington
Trent McMullen ...
Officer Kevin
Erin Brandenburg ...
Officer Michelle
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Jenny
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Deb
Andrew Penner ...
Worker 1
Alan Penner ...
Worker 2
John Penner ...
John Penner
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Walter is the chief of police in a small Ontario town that has its first murder victim, an attractive young woman who is found naked on the shores of the nearby lake. The woman isn't local and while the Ontario Provincial Police have taken the lead in the investigation, Walter assists where he can. The town is mostly a close-knit Mennonite community and Walter has recently returned to his church. He is also trying to deal with his own temper that led to a violent incident some months before. As the young woman is identified, it becomes apparent that Walter's former love interest may be lying. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for some violence, disturbing images, a scene of sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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22 September 2011 (Netherlands)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$1,825 (USA) (3 June 2011)

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$30,858 (USA) (12 August 2011)
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Jackie Burroughs final film. See more »

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The lights on Walter's squad car are not flashing as he walks towards Steve's truck after pulling him over for speeding. When Walter walks back to his car after writing the ticket, the lights are flashing. See more »

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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »

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Written and Performed by Bruce Peninsula
Produced by Leon Laheny and Bruce Peninsula
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Stormare's performance is the only virtue here
16 February 2013 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

I have always admired Peter Stormare's acting but I am unable to recall him in a leading role - until now. He provides a strong performance as a religious police officer with violent and painful past, and there are very few scenes without his presence. As for the rest, I cannot find more outstanding features: the plot is slow and dull (the killer can be figured out early), religious soundtrack and church links are annoying, other actors/characters are not catchy. Even in terms of pondering and profundity, there are far more interesting and versatile movies, even from Canada. Luckily, its duration is 1 hour and 10 minutes only.

Thus, a film for art's sake, but not interesting to follow. It could just have been a psychological film without any crime at all. By the way, I like the Coens a lot and have seen all of their films. Small Town Murder Songs does not measure up to them.


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