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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 »

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Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Jane Anderson
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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

Someone discusses possibility of an exploding baton, an in-joke reference to gag from director Michael Ritchie's 1975 movie Smile (1975). 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 A Current Affair (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Refinery Blues
Music by Jamie Levine
Performed by Jamie Levine
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Ritchie pulls a classic out of his hat after a loong dry spell
3 January 2003 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

After a decade of pumping out a long string of really bad cookie-cutter Hollywood clinkers ("Wildcats", "The Golden Child," "The Couch Trip," etc, etc) Writer-Director Michael Ritchie came up with a classic that ranks right up there with his great 70's films. This movie packs the same satirical punch, social commentary, and insightful characterizations as "Downhill Racer," "The Candidate," and "Smile." Great. Too bad it was only on HBO.


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