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Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joanne Thatcher (1989)

Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from wife Joanne. When the court rules in Joanne's favour, Thatcher hires a hit man to kill his wife, and almost gets away with it.


Francis Mankiewicz


Suzette Couture, Maggie Siggins (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Nelligan ... JoAnn Thatcher
Kenneth Welsh ... Colin Thatcher
Robert Benson Robert Benson ... Jack Rutherford
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ... Gerry Gerrand
Brent Carver Brent Carver ... Tony Merchant
Thom Bell Thom Bell
Duncan Ollerenshaw ... Greg Thatcher
Lorna Wilson Lorna Wilson
Laura Bruneau Laura Bruneau
Cedric Smith ... Tony Wilson
Victoria Snow ... Ellie Hubiak
Barry Stevens Barry Stevens ... Government Minister
Neil Dainard Neil Dainard ... House Speaker
Stuart Hughes ... Charlie Wilde
Eugene Lipinski ... Garry Anderson


Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from his wife Jo-Ann. When a series of court rulings over the divorce go against him, Thatcher decides a more drastic solution is needed - murder! A series of attempts on Jo-Ann's life follow, most of which don't succeed. Finally one does, and the arrogant Thatcher believes he is above the law and immune to prosecution. But his arrogance proves to be his undoing, as Crown Counsel Serge Kujawa builds a case against this psychopathic monster for 1st-degree murder - charging that Thatcher hired someone to kill his wife. The true story of one of the most disturbing stories of murder-for-hire in Canada. Written by medic249a2

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English | French

Release Date:

15 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and Hate: A Marriage Made in Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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Released theatrically in the Philippines. See more »


Colin Thatcher: [on the phone to JoAnn] Your children are very safe, where you'll never see them again.
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3 August 2017 | by trishamdSee all my reviews

To the person who said Thatchers pupils didn't dilate so he didn't commit the murder in your opinion. There is simply one important factor you left out. When one is a NARCISSIST, as Thatcher CLEARLY IS, they lack having a conscience or empathy! NO CONSCIENCE means they can even pass lie detectors half the time! Narcissists can be the most charming people you will meet! Like a snake charmer! Don't fall for the B.S. because that is exactly what Thatcher fed you! A bunch of B.S. HE IS GUILY AS SIN!!!!!!! And I too have been following this case since I was about ten years old! I'm 44 now. Nothing can convince me he didn't do it! He killed his very own wife for pity sake! Does it get worse than what he did? I don't think so!

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