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The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)

Wanda Holloway tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the ... See full summary »


Michael Ritchie


Jane Anderson
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Hunter ... Wanda Holloway
Beau Bridges ... Terry Harper
Swoosie Kurtz ... Marla Harper
Elizabeth Ruscio ... Verna Heath
Gregg Henry ... Tony Harper
Matt Frewer ... Troy McKinney
Eddie Jones ... C.D. Holloway
Frankie Ingrassia ... Shanna Harper
Gary Grubbs ... Detective Helton
Jack Kehler ... Sergeant F.E. Blackwell
Frederick Koehler ... Shane Harper
Megan Berwick Megan Berwick ... Amber Heath
Kathleen Marie Archer Kathleen Marie Archer ... Mother
Jana Arnold Jana Arnold ... Florine
Nelly Bly Nelly Bly ... Waitress


Wanda Holloway tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the chance to become a cheerleader. When the media get hold of the story, Wanda's trial turns into a media circus. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She wanted to give her daughter the best shot at being a cheerleader... The things you do for your kids.


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Did You Know?


A TV movie for the HBO network. See more »


Wanda's voice on tape describes Verna's vehicle as a "1995 Grand Marquis." The film takes place in 1991. See more »


Jane Anderson - Writer: Well, never believe anything a writer tells you.
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Crazy Credits

credits end with "Finally, no spiders or cheerleaders were killed in the making of this movie" See more »


Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


Don't Cry for Me Earl
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Music by Lucy Simon
Sung by Ellen Bernfeld
Arranged by John Miller
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brilliant satire disguised as made-for-tv fare
12 July 2001 | by vreelandeSee all my reviews

Perhaps you have to be from Texas to really appreciate this movie, but I doubt it. So much Texana is covered: the bouffant, bubble hair styles, the turmoil from the refineries, and of course, the brutal ego slaughter that constitutes cheerleading tryouts in surburban Texas.

Holly Hunter gives an eerie portrayal of Wanda Holloway; my favorite scene occurs early in the film. Hunter (as Holloway) is in bed with her sugar-daddy-cum-husband, C.D., and finds an exotic Texas insect crawling up her lingerie-clad thigh. Without a trace of emotion, she slaps the insect dead with her manicured hand, and wipes away the residue with a pink Kleenex.

Each character in this film (Beau Bridges gives a wonderful turn as Wanda's former brother-in-law Terry Harper, an ex-con, born again Christian; as does Swoozie Kurtz, his fourth(?) wife, who maniacally repeats bible verses under her breath while applying oven cleaner to her calves) has some satiric peccadillo, some underside that only illustrates that Channelview, Texas, can bring out the worst in just about anyone.

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Release Date:

10 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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Texas, USA See more »

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