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Murder Ordained (1987)

Based on the true story of a bedroom-eyed Kansas preacher who decided that getting rid of his wife, and his secretary's husband, was the will of the Lord.

Director:

Mike Robe

Writers:

Mike Robe, James Steven Sadwith (teleplay) (as James Sadwith) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Trooper John Rule
JoBeth Williams ... Lorna Anderson
Kathy Bates ... Bobbi Birk
Guy Boyd ... Mike Buckley
Terence Knox ... Martin Anderson
Darrell Larson ... Ronald Stark
John Goodman ... Hugh Rayburn
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... Sandy Bird
Robert Harper ... Warren
Margot Rose Margot Rose ... Nancy Horst
M. Emmet Walsh ... Vern Humphrey
Terry Kinney ... Tom Bird
Anne E. Curry ... Loraine Rule
Bruce French ... Bruce Linton
Lee Garlington ... Lorna's Friend
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Storyline

This is the story of a minister who's feeling unhappy in his marriage who then has an affair with a church employee, who is also married, and who also has affairs, and whose husband is unwilling to divorce her. One day the minister's wife is found dead, in what appears to be an auto accident, but the highway patrolman who investigated the accident doesn't think that it's an accident but doesn't have enough evidence to justify an investigation. Later, when the woman's husband is killed an investigation begins. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assalto Mortífero See more »

Filming Locations:

Emporia, Kansas, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Based on events in Emporia, Kansas, from 1983 to 1987. Lorna Anderson was paroled in 2007; Tom Bird was paroled in 2004--and announced his intention to work as a marriage counselor. See more »

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Not as true as it could be
27 March 2010 | by delanomino_2009See all my reviews

Let me start out by saying, this movie was a wonderfully made movie. As said before, there is a bit of overacting, but in all it is a good movie.

My grandfather, Vern Humphrey, worked on this case a great deal.. much more than the movie portrays. When the writers of this movie interviewed the detectives and officers that worked on the case they interviewed Vern Humphrey, and then John Rule. John Rule told the correct events; however, he did not tell the correct people that worked on the case, hence him being the key 'trooper' in this movie. It is sad that the wrong people were credited in this movie, but there is not much anyone can do now.

I wish this movie was more true to life. So many believe that this movie is spot on. A good movie, good actors/actresses, sets. I am pleased with the quality of this movie and encourage those who know nothing about the murder story to watch it. Just be aware of the errors.


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