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The Honeymoon Killers ()


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An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs.

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Martha Beck
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Ray Fernandez
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Janet Fay
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Bunny
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Delphine Downing
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Myrtle Young
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Mrs. Beck - Martha's Mother
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Evelyn Long
Ann Harris ...
Doris
Mary Breen ...
Rainelle Downing
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Matron
Mary Engel ...
Lucy
Guy Sorel ...
Mr. Dranoff
Michael Haley ...
Jackson (as Mike Haley)
Diane Asselin ...
Severns
William Adams ...
Justice of the Peace (as Col. William Adams)
Eleanor Adams ...
Mrs. Hand

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Leonard Kastle
Donald Volkman ... (uncredited)

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Leonard Kastle ... (written by)

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Paul Asselin ... associate producer
Warren Steibel ... producer

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Oliver Wood ... director of photography

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Richard Brophy
Stanley Warnow ... (as Stan Warnow)

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Tikki Goldberg ... assistant editor
Janet Lauretano ... assistant editor

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Michael Haley ... production manager (as Mike Haley)

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Tom Dillinger ... sound mixer
Fred Kamiel ... sound

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Richard Berger ... assistant camera
Mike Grover ... lighting assistant
Richard Tenneson ... lighting assistant
Spencer Trova ... camera assistant
Bobby Vercruse ... head gaffer (as Robert Veracruse)

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Martha Fogg ... wardrobe

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Diane Asselin ... script girl
John Haley ... production assistant
Warren Steibel ... presenter
Paul Sweeney ... assistant to producer
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Plot Summary

In the early 1950s, Martha Beck, who lives with her slightly senile mother, is the head nurse in a Mobile, Alabama hospital. She is bitter about her life, she not having male companionship in large part because she is overweight, while her bitterness in turn does not endear her to people. She is initially angry with her best friend, Bunny, for signing her up to a lonely hearts club, but eventually decides to give it a try. Through it, she meets Ray Fernandez, a suave Spanish immigrant living in New York, he who contacted Martha as the first through the club. After Ray's trip to Mobile to meet Martha, they fall in love. Upon a subsequent visit Martha makes to Ray in New York - which leads to her being fired in part for her time off work - he decides to be up front with her: that she is not only not his "first" but that he is really a con man who, primarily through the club, seduces then bilks lonely women of their money. Pretending to be his sister to prospective targets, Martha decides to join Ray on his cons as they travel the country together. Their differences in style causes problems, Martha who is more direct, more impatient and more violent, she who is the first to consider killing to get what they want. But what has the potential to be the primary cause of their downfall is Martha's jealousy over Ray even pretending to seduce other women, let alone any time he may have sex with them. Written by Huggo

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Taglines One of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of American Crime. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Dear Martha (United States)
  • Les tueurs de la lune de miel (France)
  • Los asesinos de la luna de miel (Spain)
  • Ucigasii din luna de miere (Romania)
  • Hanemûn Kirâzu (Japan)
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  • 107 min
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Budget $150,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Originally to be directed by Martin Scorsese, but he was replaced after a week of shooting due to creative differences by Donald Volkman who was subsequently replaced by Leonard Kastle. Scorsese was fired because he was filming every scene in master shots and not shooting close-ups or other coverage, making the film impossible to edit. According to Kastle's interview with the Criterion collection, the ultimate moment that caused Scorsese's firing was trying to get close-up on a coffee-cup lit perfectly for the intended tone. See more »
Goofs In the scene on the bus with the dead victim of Martha and Ray, there is a long shot of the woman's face with her eyes somewhat googly and her tongue sticking out, as you hear the bus driver exclaiming her death, etc. Towards the end of the shot, if you watch the woman's face, you can see her tongue move. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hidden Horror (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 9 See more »
Quotes Mother: [shouting at Martha from the window of the rest home she's been dumped at] Goddamn you, goddamn you! I hope you end up like this! I hope someone does this to YOU!
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