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Happy Face Murders (1999)

An eccentric older woman (Ann-Margret) implicates her brutal & controlling lover in the murder of a young intellectually disabled girl. Absorbed with "Murder She Wrote" and "Matlock", she ... See full summary »

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John Pielmeier
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Ann-Margret ... Lorraine Petrovich
Marg Helgenberger ... Jen Powell
Henry Thomas ... Dylan McCarthy
Nicholas Campbell ... Rusty Zuvic
Rick Peters ... Billy Lee Peterson
David McIlwraith ... Alan Sanford
Bruce Gray ... Ephraim Quince
J.C. MacKenzie ... Ed Baker
Emily Hampshire ... Tracy Billings
Christina Collins Christina Collins ... Nancy Severn
Sean Dick Sean Dick ... Charlie Severn (as Sean Calvin Dick)
Lynne Deragon Lynne Deragon ... Virginia Billings
Tami Levitt Tami Levitt ... TJ's Bartender
Raoul Bhaneja ... Dr. Mike Strong
Katya Gardner ... Rachel
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An eccentric older woman (Ann-Margret) implicates her brutal & controlling lover in the murder of a young intellectually disabled girl. Absorbed with "Murder She Wrote" and "Matlock", she creates details of the murder from clues she picks up from the detectives (Marg Helgenberger, Henry Thomas) on the case. Implicating herself and sentenced to jail, she then recants her testimony. But no one believes her until clues surface from the real killer that he is still out there, has killed before, and will kill again. He signs his messages with Happy Faces. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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They were searching for a killer. She was searching for a way out.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence including rape, and for sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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How easily the web is woven. Twisted and murderous.
7 July 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

This crime tale is weird, suspenseful and filtered with off beat humor. Situational drama does little to help this well acted, but trying story line. The hardest part of watching is seeing Ann-Margret as an enabling granny that tells one lie on top of another.

Marg Helgenberger is the movies brightest spot. Nicholas Campbell is on the edge and totally believable. Henry Thomas seems to have phoned his part in from a phone booth, sorry.

A quirky little murder mystery that features brutal truth. Give it a shot.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A babaarcú gyilkos See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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