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A Death in California 

A Beverly Hills socialite embarks on a love/hate relationship with a psychotic businessman who murdered her fiancée and then raped and terrorized her, which leads to a bizarre trial.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Cheryl Ladd ...  Hope Masters 2 episodes, 1985
Sam Elliott ...  D. Jordan Williams 2 episodes, 1985
Alexis Smith ...  Honey Niven 2 episodes, 1985
Fritz Weaver ...  Van Niven 2 episodes, 1985
John Ashton ...  Det. Bob Swalwell 2 episodes, 1985
Barry Corbin ...  Asst. Dist. Atty. Jim Heusdens 2 episodes, 1985
Jim Haynie ...  Dob Fowler 2 episodes, 1985
Kerrie Keane ...  Shannon Foley 2 episodes, 1985
George Wyner ...  Joe Haley 2 episodes, 1985
Chad Allen ...  Glenn 2 episodes, 1985
Liam Sullivan ...  Ned Nelson 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Cavanaugh ...  Gene Brooks 2 episodes, 1985
Tom Fuccello Tom Fuccello ...  Tony Matteo 2 episodes, 1985
Jennie Gassman Jennie Gassman ...  Nancy Ellen 2 episodes, 1985
Joshua Harris Joshua Harris ...  Tommy 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Laskin ...  Bart Finch 2 episodes, 1985
Lydia Nicole ...  Delores 2 episodes, 1985
Don Dubbins ...  Rev. Pruitt 2 episodes, 1985
Rance Howard ...  Ralph Lee 2 episodes, 1985
Dick McGarvin Dick McGarvin ...  Clete Baker 2 episodes, 1985
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A Beverly Hills socialite embarks on a love/hate relationship with a psychotic businessman who murdered her fiancée and then raped and terrorized her, which leads to a bizarre trial.

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12 May 1985 (USA) See more »

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The two part miniseries was filmed entirely on-location. The house interiors were filmed in Brentwood. The horse ranch was filmed in the Malibu Canyon below Mullholland. Lorimar Television's offices were located at the MGM-Sony Studio in Culver City. When Lorimar used a soundstage for any of their productions, a percentage charge would be incurred by the production paid to the studio. By not filming on the lot, this charge exempted the production. A show production office was established in an off lot office rental facility maintained by Lorimar. The Lorimar Art Department, construction, paint, sign shop, and property departments remained on the lot unaffected by this additional rate charge. See more »

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Hope's motivation
13 April 2007 | by PALSee all my reviews

I know very well what Hope's motivation was in cooperating with Walker, since I worked with her for months on this story.

She was most of all concerned for the welfare of her children, whom Walker had threatened, as well her own safety.

Since he was demonstrably a killer -- a shot in her boyfriend's head proved that -- she had every reason to believe he'd fulfill his threats to her and her kids. She cooperated the same way any prisoner does with terrorist captors: do what it takes to survive.

She wasn't some unwitting or dimwitted airhead. Survival was her motivation and she succeeded. How well or how poorly the film showed that is for others to say.


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