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Small Town Murder Songs (2010)

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 overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Bondarenko ...
Steve (as Eric McIntyre)
Officer Kevin
Erin Brandenburg ...
Officer Michelle
Kat Germain ...
Andrew Penner ...
Worker 1
Alan Penner ...
Worker 2
John Penner ...
John Penner


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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 September 2011 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Small Town Murder Scenes  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$30,858 (USA) (12 August 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jackie Burroughs final film. See more »


In the credit for the song "Here Comes the Comet," written is misspelled as "wriiten." See more »


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


Written and Performed by Bruce Peninsula
Produced by Leon Laheny and Bruce Peninsula
Published by Bruce Peninsula
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The best Coen bros movie that they had nothing to do with. Very interesting and good movie. I say B
17 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"You need to ask, what kind of man do I choose to be." After discovering a murdered girl in a field, Ottawa police officer Walter (Stormare) is put in charge of trying to find the killer. When the pressure of the case starts to get to him will he act like the officer he is, or will his past catch up with him first? This is another movie that has a very deliberate pace, it does drag a little in spots, but overall a very good movie. The best way to describe this is slowly watching a man who has it all together begin to lose it. All the while you begin to feel sorry for him, and you feel like you shouldn't. This is the best Coen Brothers movie that they haven't directed. This movie has the pacing and feel of one of their movies, even though they had nothing to do with this one. The acting is excellent and is a joy to watch Walter try to stay calm in the midst of the pressure he is facing. This is a great choice if you are looking for a movie. I liked it a lot. Overall, a very good movie filled with great acting. The music used in this movie is excellent, and it really adds to the feel of the movie. This is another movie that is not for everyone, but those that like the Coen Brothers will really enjoy this movie. I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I don't think I will, not really a repeat watcher type movie.

*Also try - Winter's Bone

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