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A Face to Kill for (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 14 April 1999
Accomplished horse trainer is deceived by her husband, unfairly sent to prison, and she re-makes herself and eventually gains revenge.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Crystal Bernard ... Allison Bevens
Doug Savant ... Virgil
Billy Dean ... Sam
Claire Rankin ... Julia
Vanessa Paul ... Della Rae (as Vanessa Imani Paul)
Bonnie Gallup Bonnie Gallup ... Marion
John S. Davies ... Leon
Dennis Letts ... Buchanan
Patti Yasutake ... D.A. Rowland
Barry Corbin ... Frank Hadley
Libby Villari ... Loretta
Brady Coleman ... Dr. Conrad
Robert Lott Robert Lott ... Nick (as Robert S. Lott)
Connie Cooper ... Kate
Alex Morris ... Dick Simmons


Successfull Virginian horse-trainer and irresistible womanizer Virgil marries stud farm owner Frank Hadley's naively devoted daughter. To avoid being discovered skimming to pay his gambling debts, Virgil ends up arranging for Frank's death in a car 'accident' and his daughter being jailed, then convinces her to sign a divorce to save the farm's reputation and remarries an equally gullible prey. Alas, his first wife is inspired by a jail mate to become a race horse investment consultant, using a completely new identity, and obsessed with revenge, which gets priority over her re-found first love Sam. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

14 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Makeover See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Remake of A Face to Die For (1996) See more »

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Scheming in the horse racing industry.
2 October 1999 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

This movie, like most made-for-TV movies, was fairly low budget and shot in only 4 weeks. However, the characters are well cast and the movie works very well. I have seen it 5 or 6 times over the years, most recently on the USA Network, and have enjoyed it each time. In my opinion, the real star is Doug Savant who had one of the recurring roles on the old TV series, Melrose Place fame. Here he does a superb job of being the charming but scheming husband that makes this whole movie work well.

Although set in Virginia, it was filmed entirely in Texas. The scenes of horse racing were filmed at the Sam Houston horse track in Northwest Houston, during August 1998. I am very familiar with it because my wife and I were "extras" in the movie. A casual viewer would never notice it, but I appear in about a dozen scenes, all involving the race track. Even though it was one of Houston's hottest Augusts in recent memory, well over 100 degrees during afternoon filming, many of us were required to wear long sleeve shirts or wool jackets. A very memorable experience!

I give it 7 of 10 rating, for a made-for-TV movie. Against all the bigger budget blockbusters, I give it maybe 5 or 6 of 10, and much better than many of them. It was a ball being involved in the filming, and nice to meet and converse with such stars as Doug Savant and Barry Corbin, who created the memorable role of Maurice Minnefield on the old TV series, "Northern Exposure."

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