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Small Sacrifices (1989)

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

Ann Rule (book), Joyce Eliason (teleplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Diane Downs
Gordon Clapp ... Detective Doug Welch
Ryan O'Neal ... Lew Lewiston
John Shea ... Frank Joziak
Emily Perkins ... Karen Downs
Garry Chalk ... Boyd Paul Downs (as Gary Chalk)
Ken James Ken James ... Daryl Chapman
Sean McCann Sean McCann ... Russell Wells
Garwin Sanford ... Matt Jensen (Part 2)
Tom Butler
Elan Ross Gibson Elan Ross Gibson ... Rosalind Dyring
Lynne Cormack Lynne Cormack ... Lola Joziak
Jayne Eastwood ... Evelyn Slaven
Christopher Caravalho Christopher Caravalho ... Robbie Downs
Anne Bradley Jaeger Anne Bradley Jaeger ... Herself
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Storyline

On the 19th of May 1983 Diane Downs stops at the McKenzie-Williamette-Hospital and cries for help. She is wounded on her arm and her three children are also wounded seriously. She says that a stranger shot at them but the investigation of detective Welch bring out that Diane is a liar. Written by Volker Boehm

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Taglines:

Her children got in the way of her love

Genres:

Crime | Drama | History

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blick in den Abgrund See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 7,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Other than Diane Downs most of the names have been changed and are not the same as those in the actual case. See more »

Goofs

When Diane brings a pizza over to her mailman friend Matt Jensen's house, she asks him if he likes mushrooms on his pizza while holding the pizza out to him. He says yes. But the pizza has no mushrooms on it, it is clearly plain. See more »

Quotes

Frank Joziak: [after delivering a telling argument against Diane's version of the story] A child, Shauna, was killed. A little girl who isn't here anymore. For what? For Diane Down's warped sense of values. Robbie won't walk, Karen won't have the use of her arm the way it was.
[His voice wavers]
Frank Joziak: These children will *never* be the same.
[Begins to erupt in rage]
Frank Joziak: And look, Diane Downs-! For once, you're not going to lie your way out of this situation, it just doesn't cut it! You're a murderer! A cold-blooded, ...
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A cut above the rest.
11 May 2002 | by CindyHSee all my reviews

Today, we've been true-crimed to death. Yet, this story was one of the firsts of it's kind and not to mention the best. Akin to Burning Bed, Fawcett rings in an absolute superb performance as she realistically and accurately portrays the sociopath known as Diane Downs. The movie carefully plots the turn of events without over dramatizing. The moving portrayal of Christie Downs (known as Karen Downs in the series) is quite haunting. Many true crime dramas leave me with a taste of ratings-desperation in my mouth. The focus of these are not feelings but instead dramatic effects. This series however was much different. What you find here is Diane's self-centeredness and apparent inability to feel sorrow contrasted with a child who, even without speaking, manages to convey a fear of her mother as well as true love for her in a very tender heart wrenching way. While this description may very well sound overly dramatic it truly isn't. This is just such a well made series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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