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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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R | See all certifications »
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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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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

Jane Anderson - Writer: Well, never believe anything a writer tells you.
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credits end with "Finally, no spiders or cheerleaders were killed in the making of this movie" See more »


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Dead Dog
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Music by Lucy Simon
Sung by Julia Simon
Arranged by John Miller
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Hunter Apt Choice In This Bizarre TV-Film
6 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Unquestionable, this is a bizarre film! It's a cynical docu-drama (mockumentry?) about a real-life woman in Texas who plotted to kill another mom whose daughter was in junior high school cheer-leading competition with her daughter.

Holly Hunter is outstanding as the "competively-challenged" mother, "Wanda Holloway." The only thing I objected to was Hollywood, as usual, going out of its way to make you we know that the strange woman was a regular church-goer. They just love it when when they can make a church attender look bad. They never show the opposite. Anyway, I liked Beau Bridges in his low-key in his role of "Terry Harper" and thought he was just as entertaining as Hunter.

Hunter, with her real Texas twang that we have to endure in her other films, is perfect for this role. Her accent is so strong in here it's hard to understand a third of what she says, but her acting and the fascinating story make this fun to watch. Once again, we see the classic case of a parent living his or her dreams through a child, which isn't funny in real life. A number of kids have been ruined by overzealous parents. There also is a slam in here on the tabloid-television media. Who can argue with that!

I was amazed to find out this was a made-for-TV film. It certainly doesn't have that look and feel.


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