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A Slight Case of Murder (1999)

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A film critic accidentally kills his lover during a spat in which she falls and hits her head. In panic, he immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment. A private ... See full summary »

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Steven Schachter

Writers:

Donald E. Westlake (book), William H. Macy (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William H. Macy ... Terry Thorpe
Adam Arkin ... Detective Fred Stapelli
Felicity Huffman ... Kit Wannamaker
James Cromwell ... John Edgarson
Julia Campbell ... Patricia Stapelli
James Pickens Jr. ... Detective Larry Gray
Paul Mazursky ... John Brant
Vincent Pastore ... Cabby
Michael McMurtry ... Scott
Stephanie Belding ... Laura Penny
Vik Sahay ... Bob
Wenna Shaw Wenna Shaw ... Brant's Assistant
Len Doncheff ... Mr. Petrovsky
Tanja Jacobs Tanja Jacobs ... Bank Teller
Vito Rezza Vito Rezza ... Captain O'Donnell
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Storyline

A film critic accidentally kills his lover during a spat in which she falls and hits her head. In panic, he immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment. A private investigator had been tailing the woman for her ex-husband. Realizing what happened, the investigator launches a blackmail scheme. The critic turns the tables after the investigator turns in his report. Meanwhile the police enter the case. Led by a detective with screenwriting ambitions, the chief suspect becomes the critic. But the detective's ambitions shrouds his judgment. He invites the critic to dinner and an affair with the detective's wife is initiated. Meanwhile, the critic's regular girl friend is suspicious of the whole affair. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Travesty See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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From scene to seen Macy's hairline in the back changes. See more »

Quotes

Terry Thorpe: If you're going to commit a murder -- and I don't recommend it -- one thing you should definitely not do is sleep with the investigating officer's wife. It just makes for a lot of unnecessary complications.
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References The Long Goodbye (1973) See more »

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Written by Eric Idle
Arrangement by Chris Desmond
Used by permission of Kay-Gee-Bee Music & Python (Monty) Pictures, Ltd.
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Like an episode of "Columbo" with William H. Macy....
3 March 2008 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Just as in "Columbo" we see the fatality occur right at the beginning. What follows is an escalating web of lies, sex, blackmail, and murder. The investigating officer, Adam Arkin, is even somewhat of a fumbler, not unlike "Columbo". It is William H. Macy, as the movie critic suspect who carries the film. Constantly twisting and turning, the plot sends Macy deeper and deeper into the quicksand of his "perfect crime". William H. Macy fans will enjoy "A Slight Case Of Murder", as will those who like crime capers with all kinds of delicious possibilities. Add some well timed comedy, and this is very similar to a fine episode of "Columbo". Highly recommended. - MERK


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