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The Mystery of Spoon River (2000)

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A big-city lawyer is called home to defend a local man accused of murder.


Scott A. Meehan (as Scott Meehan)


Scott A. Meehan (as Scott Meehan), Edgar Lee Masters (inspired by the book: "The Spoon River Anthology")

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Credited cast:
Lauren Sinclair Lauren Sinclair ... Emma Masters
Brian McNamara ... Jesse Hanson
Michael Monks ... Skeeter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stacy Cunningham ... Gail Perlow
Deanna Derry Deanna Derry ... Bar Girl #1
Ashley Gardner ... Jeannie Hanson
Jeff Joyce Jeff Joyce ... Deputy #2
Bob Lucas Bob Lucas ... FBI Agent
David Pires ... Carl Hamblin
Garland Pires Garland Pires ... Edgar Lee Masters' Father
Richard Portnow ... Agent Cicarelli
Suzanna Urszuly ... Young Mother
Steven Young Steven Young ... Clem Barks


A big-city lawyer is called home to defend a local man accused of murder.

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The Ghost of Spoon River See more »

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Not Bad But It Had Tons of Faults
16 June 2014 | by JakealopeSee all my reviews

This is a low budget indie movie so I will cut it some slack. But its heart was in the right place though most of the writing & acting was just lame.

It involved some town that was haunted by ghosts of the Civil War, the KKK & others so it could be classified as a supernatural thriller with some social commentary. But there were just too many jarring elements to it. First off, it starts out promising with a couple of good old boys going raccoon hunting at night. The next day a woman driving a harvester finds scoops up a dead game warden, who we can't even tell he was a black man at first. So the local TV crew comes, some vain phony newscaster woman who when the sheriff says the game warden was killed by some coon, as in the animal, hunters, she spins it as a racially motivated murder. Then all hell breaks lose, but we never even see any of the local cops saying, "Wait a minute, we never said there was anything racial" That part could have been developed more as a sensationalist media angle. Then a big city female lawyer comes, because one of the hunters who has been charged with murder, was her old boyfriend. Even though their guns didn't match the bullet they pulled out of the dead man, and there were no witnesses, that doesn't seem to be enough to get him off the hook, especially when his hunting buddy spazes out on the lawyer and FBI agents.

Okay, it went on like this for a while, spirits exacting revenge on live Klansmen and others as our intrepid female lawyer lead finds out the town's dark secrets, while getting lambasted herself for being some soul-less big city lawyer sell out.

It could have been so much better if they just polished the script up a bit and focused on the core story. It was adapted from a book of the same name so they must have just thrown as much as they could in. But when one of the major plot elements revolved around some guy accidentally shooting himself dead with some 140 year old black powder Civil War revolver he found laying in the woods, yeah, think it out better!

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