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Karla (2006)

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Based on real events, Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls.

Director:

Joel Bender

Writers:

Michael D. Sellers, Manette Rosen (as Manette Beth Rosen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Prepon ... Karla Homolka
Misha Collins ... Paul Bernardo
Patrick Bauchau ... Dr. Arnold
Emilie Jacobs ... Peggy
Alex Boyd ... Nick
Carole White ... Waitress (as Carole Ita White)
Fiona Manners Fiona Manners ... Rape Victim 1
Shawn Hoffman ... Detective Kirby
Adam Lieberman ... Detective Morgan
Cherilyn Hayres ... Tammy Homolka
William Duffy ... Detective Porter
Tanya Lemelle Tanya Lemelle ... Rape Victim 2
Tony Shawkat Tony Shawkat ... Border Guard 1
Kristen Honey ... Tina McCarthy (as Kristen Swieconek)
Cole James Cole James ... Tina's Friend
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Storyline

True story about a woman who falls in love with a violent rapist and murderer. Karla Homolka marries Paul Bernardo despite already having aided him in the rape and murder of her younger sister. Through their marriage he brags to her about other rapes he commits and involves Karla herself in the sexual assault and murder of two other female victims. Told from Karla's point of view. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Evil has a beautiful face. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal psychotic violence including murder, rape and spousal abuse, disturbing sexual content and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Karla See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot entirely in the United States, with an American cast and crew. Nobody in the Canadian film industry wanted to be involved with it. See more »

Goofs

When the police and ambulances start to arrive at Karla's house after the drugging and raping of Tammy Homolka there's a quick glimpse of the speed limit sign which is measured in mph. In Canada the speed is measured in kmh not mph. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Arnold: Dear Karla, this is to inform you that after serving 8 years of your 12 year term, you're now eligible for parole. In connection with this eligibility, you are to be transferred to this facility for extended evaluation. After the end of which, it will be my responsibility to recommend for or against parole.
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Alternate Versions

The European and North American DVD releases restore a few frames of nudity that were removed from the scene in which Tammy Homolka is raped. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Murder Made Me Famous: Ken & Barbie Killers (2018) See more »

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Moving and well made
6 September 2006 | by frater_solomonSee all my reviews

An 8 only because this movie didn't need to be made. The world doesn't need another serial killer movie, true or not, but I am Canadian and remember this trial well, so I watched this movie (somewhat reluctantly).

In the end I was impressed with Prepon's ability to show two very different and intensely complicated people (the wife consumed by the love she feels for an abusive monster of a husband and the parolee reliving her worst experiences) throughout this film. Collins was equally impressive in portraying the charming guy that everyone loves and then turning into a monster in an instant. In watching this film one can understand why it took such a toll on the actors. Whether this film is true to the actual crimes or not, at the very least it presents a powerful impression of Karla's side of the story.

The film captures just a hint of the terror wrought upon the women Bernardo abused, in particular the girls he and Karla abducted, without resorting to conventional horror movie tactics. Not graphic, but infinitely more disturbing.


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