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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Silver ... Peter Crane
Christopher Plummer ... Reverend Carlyle
Dee Wallace ... Heather Crane (as Dee Wallace Stone)
Kyle Howard ... Zach Crane
James Coburn ... Frank Jove
Arlene Golonka ... Melanie Jove
D. Paul Thomas D. Paul Thomas ... Sheriff Carlton
Paul Bartel ... Mayor Dunbar
David Graf ... Sam
Patrick Thomas ... Toby Carlyle (as Pat Thomas)
Clive Rosengren ... Jacob
Raymond O'Connor ... Mr. Muir
Kathleen Noone ... Sadie
Brigitta Dau ... Laura
Valerie Wildman ... Belinda
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A heart attack moves a Pulitzer winning journalist to leave NY for the peace of a small New England town, but he soon finds himself pulled into a case of a man accused of killing his gay lover with the blade of a shovel. Wanting to keep the case quiet, the town turns against the journalist and his family when he begins digging into its secrets, until finally the accused man is found hanging in his cell and the truth comes out about more than just the killing. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Beneath the surface, nothing is what it seems. See more »


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Esqueletos See more »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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This was one of the first seven films to be foreclosed by the Screen Actors Guild for non-payment of wages and residuals to SAG members. On 13 July 2004, rights to the film were sold at auction. See more »

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Reverend Carlyle: You cannot hide from an AK-47 that's been blessed by the lord.
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Horrible and Bizarre Movie
23 November 2000 | by lju3See all my reviews

I hold this movie in absolute disdain. It is one of those "we have a do-good, politically correct, neatly packaged little movie that we swear really does have a point." This movie is about a sleepy little town that has a gay murder that may or may not have been a hate crime (though they not-so-subtly make it clear that it was). An ill writer moves there, exposes the story, and is harassed to no end. This movie is basically here to say that moral positions against homosexuality are wrong, that religion is really an evil narcotic, and that anyone who disagrees is a bigoted homophobe. It is sad that the director let the soap-box proclamations get in the way, because the idea of a xenophobic little town with strange people and not enough genetic variation is a decent premise. James Coburn, Christopher Plummer, and Ron Silver are all very good actors, but they are simply not able to show what they can do.

The pace at which this film staggers reminds me of one of my alcoholic friend's storytelling abilities. It lurches forth and alternates between fast action that makes no sense, then bizarre attempts to build suspense that fail miserably. The film also takes a turn for the bizarre when a crazy lady befriends the ill writer. I can't say too much about it without giving the move away, but the end is especially bizarre and disappointing. All in all, a very bad movie.

I would, in closing, like to point out one key similarity between this movie and my aforementioned alcoholic friend. At the end of his stories he would usually throw up. At the end of this movie, you will.


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