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Killjoy (1981)

Story of a young woman's murder and the people who become involved with it.


Sam Rolfe (as Sam H. Rolfe)

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Complete credited cast:
Kim Basinger ... Laury Medford
Robert Culp ... Lou Corbin
Stephen Macht ... Dr. Max Heller
Nancy Marchand ... Dr. Martha Trenton
John Rubinstein ... Dr. Paul Trenton
Ann Dusenberry ... Joy Morgan / Elaine Steel
Ann Wedgeworth ... Rosie
Helene Winston ... Mrs. Goodman
Francine Verrett Francine Verrett ... Nurse
Terry Burns Terry Burns ... Dr. Joe Jacobs
Arthur Roberts ... TV Doctor
Kelly Jean Peters ... Mary Roberts


Story of a young woman's murder and the people who become involved with it.

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Rated PG for some violence and language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

22 October 1981 (USA) See more »

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Who Murdered Joy Morgan? See more »

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Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.33 : 1
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"I'm Gonna Break Your Spine!"...
11 February 2019 | by azathothpwigginsSee all my reviews

KILLJOY opens w/ a woman's murder, then quickly switches to a hospital, where a soap opera ensues. Dr. Paul Trenton (John Rubinstein) is in love w/ Laury Medford (Kim Basinger), who is engaged to Dr. Max Heller (Stephen Macht), who just might have been fooling around w/ the murdered woman! Enter Lou Corbin (Robert Culp), who dated Joy Morgan, which was apparently the dead woman's name! Lou is a total pest, haunting Heller at the expense of his relationship w/ Laury. Containing several improbable twists and a fairly obvious killer, this made-for-TV movie is more fun than a barrel full of coconuts! Laury's inordinate interest in tracking down Ms. Morgan borders on the frighteningly obsessive. Her "Nancy Drew" sleuthing is highly entertaining. Dr. Trenton's willingness to use elaborate subterfuge to break up Laury and Max is absurd, but fun! The fact that every major cast member goes rummaging through Joy Morgan's house at some point is quite amusing! Of course, nothing compares to the preposterous, jaw-dropping, yet totally satisfying finale... in the morgue! 80's TV at its zenith!...

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