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The China Lake Murders (1990)

A small town sheriff (Tom Skerritt) has his suspicions in a murder case which involves a rogue cop who goes on a murder spree. Contains mild sexual situations and violence.

Director:

Alan Metzger

Writer:

Nevin Schreiner (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Skerritt ... Sheriff Sam Brodie
Michael Parks ... Officer Donnelly
Nancy Everhard ... Cindy
Lauren Tewes ... Kitty
Bill McKinney ... Capt. Finney N.H.P.
Lonny Chapman
J.C. Quinn
David L. Crowley ... (as David Crowley)
Doug Mears Doug Mears ... Bobby
Tom Dahlgren ... Lewis Harrelson
Jack Kehler ... Germ
Lara Parker ... Helene Harrelson
Dennis Rucker Dennis Rucker ... Police Sergeant (as Dennis Wayne Rucker)
Danny Hassel Danny Hassel ... Highway Patrol Officer
Hans Howes ... Asst. Watch Commander
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A small town sheriff (Tom Skerritt) has his suspicions in a murder case which involves a rogue cop who goes on a murder spree. Contains mild sexual situations and violence. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Every year, Officer Donnelly goes to China Lake to unwind, do a little fishing... Kill a few people See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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A TV movie made for the USA network. See more »

Connections

Follows China Lake (1983) See more »

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Tight direction, continuous suspense, believable with excellent photography.
10 May 2000 | by psp777See all my reviews

This fairly low budget film makes good use of the scenery, look out for the clever photographic synchronisity; gloves being put on with wheel nuts being tightened, suggesting tools as an extension of the hand etc.

Token females in film hardly need many lines, but director Alan Metzger really works this 1990 near-surreal thriller with skill and dexterity.

Lovely bright scenes, you can almost feel the dust. Tom Skerrit and Michael Parks make a good 'opposites' blend.

Although not too many surprises, that would just spoil it, as most of the film carries itself, and you just know whats coming - but its dished up with relish.

Highly entertaining.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

China Laken murhat See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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