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Next Stop Murder (2010)

A woman discusses her family problems with a stranger she meets on a bus, but is horrified when her confidante suggests each of them kill the person making the other's life difficult.

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Two women with completely different backgrounds meet by chance while taking the bus. As they reveal their family problems to each other, Molly begins to fear Sophie when she proposes that she is willing to kill the ex-wife of Molly's husband if Molly will kill her father. Sophie's psychosis escalates to murder, but is Sophie just mentally ill or is there a motive behind her madness? Written by Anonymous

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19 September 2010 (USA)  »

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Bus Stop Conspiracy  »

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Brigid Brannagh and Brian Krause also starred together in Charmed. See more »

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Strangers on a Bus
14 February 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In a suburban California community, red-headed law student Brigid Brannagh (as Molly) meets cool blonde Allison Lange (as Sophie) on a bus. The attractive women talk over problems. Riding the bus because her rich daddy took the T-Bird away, Ms. Lange doesn't seem entirely sane; as it turns out, she's fresh out of a "Rolling Hills" mental institution. Seeming to be more even more distraught, Ms. Brannagh is troubled by her husband's first wife Rosa Blasi (as Heather), a crazed drug addict who causes embarrassing scenes for Brannagh, brawny hubby Brian Krause (as Jeff), and their cute 'n' cuddly daughter Charlie Stewart (as Gracie)...

If you've seen Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" (1951), you can get off at the next stop. But, if you want to go along for the ride, it's "Next Stop Murder" as Lange decides she should kill the ex-wife troubling Brannagh in exchange for the latter killing daddy Joe Regalbuto (as Warren). Lange tells Brannagh, "We can help each other out of our nightmares." Naturally, things don't go according to plan…

This is an average made-to-run-on-TV production. It's nice to see Lin Shaye turn up as the detective, and the scenes between Brannagh and little Miss Stewart are nicely done; the story does not take advantage of the fact that they look like mother and daughter (they could have made them aunt and niece). Unfortunately, this is a blatantly inferior version of Patricia Highsmith's original story, expertly filmed by Alfred Hitchcock (as the aforementioned "Strangers on a Train"). Although the leading characters have been changed to women, the same sex subtext (attraction) is missing; neither Highsmith nor Hitchcock would approve.

**** Next Stop Murder (2010) John Murlowski ~ Brigid Brannagh, Allison Lange, Brian Krause, Joe Regalbuto


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