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Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000)

About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant Jonbenet Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult.

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Lawrence Schiller

Writers:

Lawrence Schiller (book), Tom Topor (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Lou Smit
Marg Helgenberger ... Patsy Ramsey
Ronny Cox ... John Ramsey
Ken Howard ... Alex Hunter
John Heard ... Larry Mason
Peter Friedman ... Peter Hofstrom
Scott Cohen ... Steve Thomas
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Detective Linda Arndt
Sean Whalen ... Jeff Shapiro
John Rubinstein ... Rev. Hoverstock
Jane Powell ... Kit Andre
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Chief Koby
J.C. MacKenzie ... Trip Demuth
Murphy Guyer Murphy Guyer ... John Eller
Margo Martindale ... Linda Hoffmann-Pugh (Ramsey Housekeeper)
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About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant Jonbenet Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime na Cidade Perfeita See more »

Filming Locations:

Boulder, Colorado, USA See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dyanne the child who played Jonbenet, did not participate in the murder scenes or see the basement. She was also aways referred to as by her name and never jonbenet. See more »

Goofs

Two Tabloid reporters meet in the International Airport in Denver, Colorado, near a fountain. Built to completion in 1994, the Jeppesen Terminal Building still had no complete fountain in the center of the hall until years later. In fact, in April of 1997,the year depicted in the scene, an artist had not even been chosen for the fountain project, who chose the multi-level system of fountains seen in the background. See more »

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TERRIBLE!
27 June 2003 | by NTheDirectorsChrSee all my reviews

I have read the book, "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town" which is excellent; the movie, however, is terrible. The movie begins with the morning of the kidnapping, which is the first mistake. The audience is never given a chance to know JonBenet thus, when she is found murdered, we feel nothing for it. We don't know the victim, not to mention the body in the film is beyond fake. Look closely and you will see it rocking back and forth briefly after it has been touched by a mourner.

Secondly, all the pivital information is thrown in the viewer's face all at once. People who have not read the book or followed the case will be confused. Within 3 minutes, 7 characters are introduced, either in person or by mention of their name.

Thirdly, like the lack of characterization of JonBenet, we know nothing of the family. All that we know is what we are told which is the number one mistake of story-telling...telling and not showing.

What makes the movie so bad is the fact that it could have been so good. What is so odd, is that 7 years ago, when I was a freshman in high school, I wrote a script based on the crime (I am a film major) and oddly enough, i truly believe that my version was MUCH more emotionally charged, as it should be, after all, a 6 year old girl was murdered. And ironically enough, many of the scenes that are in this film , were actually in my script. My point: this movie seems like a 14 year old wrote it.

Read the book, don't watch the movie.


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