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

Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who 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

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


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anyuci tutira megy See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Reality tv star, Whitney Way Thore, has stated publicly that this is her all time favorite movie. See more »

Goofs

In an interview segment near the start, Wanda says her parents "raised us well, my brother and I". Since that is an appositional phrase, it should match case with its referent, and be "my brother and me". See more »

Quotes

Wanda Holloway: The things you do for your kids.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Donahue (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Does There Have to Be a Song at the End?
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Music by Lucy Simon
Sung by Ellen Bernfeld
Arranged by John Miller and Alex Shantzis
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Highly underrated satire
12 May 2004 | by inframanSee all my reviews

This is one of the best satires I have ever seen on film. Swoosie Kurtz & Beau Bridges are particularly outstanding but all the performances are hilarious & perfectly on target. The material is universally outrageous - all the more so for being based on a true story. Michael Ritchie was a brilliant director whose work has been sadly neglected. Prime Cut & Smile are two of his other masterpieces which deserve resurrection & pristine restoration on DVD. Interesting how some of the best & most off-beat satirical films are about Texas: This plus Texas Chainsaw Massacre plus Murder in Texas plus True Stories.


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