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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 »


Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #3.69 (1995) See more »

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The husband with a past
2 November 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Dead by Sunset" has a "Movie of the Week" look about itself. It is surprising to read some comments to IMDb as to the length of the movie, when it was a sort of mini-series on television to begin with. The film was shown on Starz Mystery recently. The fact it was based on a novel by Ann Rule we had read, made us watch it.

As directed by Karen Arthur, the film offers some good moments. The story is based on a real incident, that happened in Oregon. Since it was filmed on the original locations, "Dead by Sunset" offers some glorious views of Portland and its suburbs.

We are introduced to the Cunningham family. Right away, one realizes there's a problem with Brad, the intense husband of Cheryl, a lawyer with a major firm. Our suspicions are confirmed by a series of incidents staged by Brad in order to make his wife appear as a bad mother because she has custody of their three children.

When Sara, a doctor, is introduced to Brad by a mutual friend, she has no idea who this man is, or the role he will play in her life. Brad, who is a misogynist, has been brought up by his macho father to hate women and never to trust them. Brad's own mother was cut from his life and he has grown to resent her, which is the same contempt he feels for Cheryl, the mother of his three sons.

The film has some good moments because of the acting Ms. Arthur got from her cast. The three principals, Ken Olin, Annette O'Toole, and Lindsay Frost, make good appearances in the film.

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