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The Sleepwalker Killing (1997)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 28 April 1997
Can a sleepwalker commit murder? Mark Schall admits being guilty of murdering his mother-in-law. In his defense, a team of lawyers attempt to prove that while Mark did in fact carry out murder, he was not awake when it happened.


John Cosgrove


June Callwood (book), Lyle Slack




Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Lauren Schall
Jeffrey Nordling ... Det. Lloyd Boyko
Charles Esten ... Mark Schall
Natalija Nogulich ... Atty. Brooke McAdam
Lisa Darr ... D.A. Mary Ellen Matulus
Sean Murray ... Christopher Lane
Victor Love ... Det. Ike Nolan
Marisa Coughlan ... Tanya Lane
Sam Anderson ... Roth Lane
Julianna McCarthy Julianna McCarthy ... Eileen Hunter
Joel Polis ... Asst. Atty. Jimmy
John Rubinstein ... Dr. Frank Corrigan
Norman Parker ... Sergeant Fetterman
Sarah Bibb Sarah Bibb ... Bridget Smith
Marykate Harris ... Anne Lane


Mark Schall kills his mother-in-law and wounds his father-in-law in the middle of the night, then turns himself in. He claims, however, that he cannot remember the crime itself. His defense team finds evidence that suggests the crimes were committed while Mark was sleep walking. They build their defense around this theory. Written by Mike Borzumate <borzum@rpi.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for violent content | See all certifications »

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Lifetime always makes it good...
9 July 2006 | by mjwkySee all my reviews

Sleepwalking is an interesting concept to explore in a movie. I've never heard of sleepwalking used as a defense before. The movie gives you a good overview of what a sleepwalker goes through. Hilary Swank is good supported by the excellent Sam Anderson as her father. Sean Murray as her brother and Marisa Coughlan as her sister were both good casting. Both are believable as the grieving children & both are adorable young stars. The attorneys, Natalia Nagulich & Lisa Darr, did a superior job at defending their beliefs going at it in the classic legal style. Charles Esten as the accused killer leaves you wondering about what did really happen. His acting was excellent. Good cast and interesting to watch.

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28 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries: The Sleepwalker Killing See more »

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