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Our Mother's Murder (1997)

Fact-based true crime story about the murder of publishing heiress Anne Scripps Douglas who, in 1989, married a young hunk who eventually killed her.

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Bill Norton (as Bill L. Norton)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Marie Combs ... Alex Morrell
Roxanne Hart ... Anne Scripps Douglas
Sarah Chalke ... Annie Morrell
James Wilder ... Scott Douglas
Jonathan Scarfe ... Jimmy Romeo
Michael Buie ... Andy Phillips
Edgar Davis Jr. Edgar Davis Jr. ... Mark
Stephen Fanning Stephen Fanning ... Dave
Myriam Sirois ... Stacey
Jim Thorburn ... Princeton One
Rick Ravanello ... Officer Calder
Alf Humphreys ... Officer Derrick
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Tony Morrell
Nalia Rukavina Nalia Rukavina ... Tory Douglas
Bob Osborne Bob Osborne ... Roger Preston
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Fact-based true crime story about the murder of publishing heiress Anne Scripps Douglas who, in 1989, married a young hunk who eventually killed her. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Many marriages end in divorce. If only she had been so lucky.

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Rated PG-13 for scenes of domestic violence, substance abuse and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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At the very beginning when the sisters are on the train, the ice cubes in their drinking glasses are at the bottom. The cubes are obviously props since ice should float to the surface of the liquid. See more »

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Based on the true story of Anne Scripps Douglas
25 March 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

This film is excellent. Roxanne Hart does an excellent job portraying Ms. Scripps, who was actually murdered by her husband in the mid 90's.

Holly Marie Combs and Sarah Chalke portray Alex and Annie Morrel, Anne's daughters. The Scripps family-(Just think of publishing, NY and their estate in Bronxville, NY) is an old money establishment, and James Wilder portrays Scott Douglas, Anne's new suitor, who eventually marries the unsuspecting Scripps.

Apparently, she did not realize the extent of his capacity for abuse and violence. Perhaps it started as verbal abuse. Douglas seems to resent Anne's life of privilege, though she is a loving mother and wife. He embarrasses her in front of friends, degrades her, and spends his days drinking, while living in her mansion.

The performances in this film are very good, particularly Roxanne Hart, who is simply a wealthy,lonely woman, marries a younger man, and becomes the victim. She is sympathetic yet believable. Holly Marie Combs is also excellent, as the daughter who fights back, and sees the predicament her mother is in.

This is a decent film which realistically portrays the covert world of spousal abuse. Watch it and you will be interested in learning the true story.


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