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Dead by Sunset 

A doctor meets a handsome, successful man and soon marries him--unaware that he cheated on his first wife, raped her, abused and tortured his children, and when his wife was about to leave him, murdered her.




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Series cast summary:
Ken Olin ...  Brad Cunningham 2 episodes, 1995
Lindsay Frost ...  Sara Gordon 2 episodes, 1995
Annette O'Toole ...  Cheryl Keeton Cunningham 2 episodes, 1995
John Terry ...  Mike Shinn 2 episodes, 1995
Sally Murphy ...  Susan Keeton 2 episodes, 1995
Titan Crawford Titan Crawford ...  Jesse Cunningham 2 episodes, 1995
Cody Crawford Cody Crawford ...  Michael Cunningham 2 episodes, 1995
Clay Malensek Clay Malensek ...  Phillip Cunningham (Age 3) 2 episodes, 1995
Irene Cagen Irene Cagen ...  Ethel 2 episodes, 1995
Joe Ivy Joe Ivy ...  B. Blayton 2 episodes, 1995
Sherilyn Lawson ...  Lauren 2 episodes, 1995
Marlyn Mason ...  Betty Troseth 2 episodes, 1995
Geof Prysirr Geof Prysirr ...  Lowry 2 episodes, 1995
Burl Ross Burl Ross ...  J. Dale 2 episodes, 1995
Dana Williams Dana Williams ...  Gini 2 episodes, 1995


A doctor meets a handsome, successful man and soon marries him--unaware that he cheated on his first wife, raped her, abused and tortured his children, and when his wife was about to leave him, murdered her.

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Release Date:

19 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au-dessus de tout soupçon See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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1.33 : 1
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After Brad kills Cheryl in her car and sends it flying down the highway, the headlights turn off and on between shots. See more »


References The Sword in the Stone (1963) See more »

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Static cling
17 July 2017 | by Phillim212See all my reviews

Based on a tragic event, and urgent societal crisis. Compelling subject.

But it's the Groundhog Day of violence against women movies. Two repetitive notes alternate throughout the film: husband/boyfriend indicates either (humorlessly) 'charming' or (inexplicably) 'psycho', wife/girlfriend indicates either 'charmed' or 'terrified'. Sprinkle a soupçon of children in peril every so often. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat with sledgehammer.

So it comes on TV late one night and you watch for nothing better to do. It's a long way to go but claims to be based on a true crime so you want to see what happens. Production values are good enough, so you wait for the action to honor the real victims with something like verisimilitude, but are only truly horrified when, after two hours, it says 'to be continued . . .'

So you watch the two-hour conclusion. Same dogged, humorless, oppressive scripting; same dogged, humorless, oppressive performances. And the pace . . . what pace? Great actors aren't great by being obedient employees slobbering for a good job evaluation -- less-than-masterful writing and directing require *aggressive* collaboration from actors, and that takes courage and talent, and commitment to something like art, making the world a better place -- junk like that.

Somebody apparently once told the leading man he's hot, and need not work too hard or think too deeply. Lots of 'smell-the-fart acting' (old soap-opera posing) in life-and-death moments. He gives a performance worthy of a cynical commercial television producer thumping his stubby finger hard to manipulate the pulse of the American broadcast television audience, which is what he has become.

He's not bad enough to be funny, which is a pity.

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