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A Killing in a Small Town (1990)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 22 May 1990
The gory ax-murder of one mousy, suburban Texas housewife by another is nearly as shocking as the excuse offered by the bespectacled defendant's attorney: self-defense. Could it be so?

Director:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Writers:

John Bloom (book), James Atkinson (book) (as Jim Atkinson) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hershey ... Candy Morrison
Brian Dennehy ... Ed Reivers
John Terry ... Stan Blankenship
Richard Gilliland ... Dale Morrison
Lee Garlington ... Peggy Blankenship
Hal Holbrook ... Dr. Beardsley
Matthew Posey ... Norman Billings
James Monroe Black James Monroe Black ... Dr. Giles (as James Black)
Dennis Letts ... Chief McAlester
Marco Perella ... Rick Slocum
Norman Bennett ... Jim Ramsey
Jerry Haynes ... Judge Scott
Rodger Boyce ... Rex Staples
Daphne Eckler Daphne Eckler ... Dede Alexander
Jan DeWitt Jan DeWitt ... Connie Keating
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Storyline

In a quiet Texas town, Candy Morrison and her husband, Dale, seem to live an ordinary life -- but that all changes when she begins sleeping with her husband's friend Stan Blankenship. When Stan's wife winds up dead -- the victim of a brutal ax murder -- Candy's arrest leaves the community in disbelief. And, as her attorney Ed Reivers attempts to prove her innocence, he makes a shocking discovery about his client. Written by Jwelch5742

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Based on the true story of the 1980 murder of Betty Gore by Candace (Candy) Montgomery in Wylie, Texas. See more »

Goofs

The film establishes that the crime was committed on the Friday 13th January, 1980. However, that date fell on a Sunday not Friday. See more »

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A great performance by Barbara Hershey
24 August 2002 | by zapnorm-1See all my reviews

I saw this movie since it's release in 1990, I've been amazed by the incredible performance by Miss Hershey, Brian Dennehy is very good too, I think Barbara Hershey is a very underrated actress, I just rented the Entity another of her mind-blowing performances, Killing in a small town, a small budget film but with great acting, I'm going to have to buy the video, 'cause I haven't seen it in video clubs. Thanks for your time


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Axtmörderin See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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