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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 »

Director:

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:

TNT

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Firebrand Productions,TNT See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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Connections

References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Another forgotten tv movie
21 December 2003 | by valyruiz007See all my reviews

when I realized that the main character in this movie is the same man (William H. Macy) who provocate all the deaths in FARGO. I said "man, you are a real maniatic". the story has his own way to tell the story.

also the camera takes are fantastic. the first take "going up the building" are awsome, very clever.

I trully recommend this picture, not only because the story, is a great movie if you're a "Movie Classics Lover".


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