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Murder in My House (2006)

TV-PG | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 6 May 2006
A retired lawyer investigates a murder that occurred in the house he has just moved into with his daughter, unaware the killer is watching him.

Director:

Robert Malenfant

Writers:

Robert Malenfant (story), Christine Conradt (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Niven ... Lauren Kessler
Gary Hudson ... Brian Ellis
Daniel J. Travanti ... Stan Douglas
Lisa Zane ... Roxanne
Ellen Dubin ... Claire
Katherine Dines ... Marlee Hall (as Katherine Dines-Craig)
Sophie Gendron ... Amanda Whitman
Sean Orr ... Garrett Whitman
Veronique-Natale Szalankiewicz Veronique-Natale Szalankiewicz ... Stephanie
Taylor Tucker-Duguay Taylor Tucker-Duguay ... Genesis
Katie Baker Katie Baker ... Sydney
Caroline Redekopp ... Brittany Michaelson
Luigi Saracino ... Front Desk Clerk
Peter Michael Dillon ... Detective Bruning
Greg Hiscock Greg Hiscock ... Donald Hall
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Storyline

Lauren and her retired lawyer father, Stan, move to Philadelphia to start a new life in a peaceful neighborhood. However, they soon learn the previous owner of their house was murdered and that his wife was sent to prison for the crime. Stan takes an interest in the case, and the more he digs into the past, the more he is convinced that the woman convicted of the killing is innocent. Unfortunately, Lauren and Stan's neighbor will go to any lengths to ensure the truth doesn't come out. Written by Anonymous

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Her new house and new man are both hiding some very dark secrets See more »


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TV-PG
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2006 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Stains See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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At one point, while telling Lauren yet again that she never would have sent her daughter in to find her father murdered, (which was Amanda's proof that she didn't know he was dead) Amanda says that she never would have let her daughter go in and find her father "dead on the floor". Throughout the flashbacks and all the related scenes, the father is clearly in his chair at his desk, not on the floor. See more »

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Referenced in The Rival (2006) See more »

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Who was the lover?
23 June 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

This is no mystery, for the viewer knows almost from the beginning who the killer is, but it is a fairly decent made-for-TV suspense thriller. The story premise is an intriguing one. A divorcée, Lauren Kessler (Barbara Niven), and her retired prosecutor father, Stran Douglas (Daniel J. Travanti), have moved into a new home unaware that a murder was committed in the guest house not long before. When Lauren learns of the dastardly deed she has her father check out the Pennsylvania law on disclosure. He learns that the Realtor had done nothing contrary to state law but becomes involved in reopening the case, since apparently the local authorities had botched the investigation sending the victim's wife to prison on circumstantial evidence. The couple's only child, Genesis, was placed in the custody of the wife's sister, Clair (Ellen Dubin), who works with Lauren and Stran to clear her sister and free her from prison. Stran encourages his daughter to date a friendly neighbor, Brian Ellis (Gary Hudson). Then the fun begins. The key to the mystery for the amateur sleuths is to uncover the victim's lover.

The beautiful Ottawa scenery (a stand-in for Pennsylvania) adds much to the film. The acting is first rate with a standout performance by Lisa Zane, playing the ghost of Roxanne, Brian's deceased wife. Gary Hudson makes a quirky Brian Ellis reminding the viewer of Eric Roberts, an old pro at playing such roles. The suspense never lets up, even with the commercial breaks.

Somewhat predictable and filled with plot holes, "Murder in My House" is worthwhile for fans of the genre. Not bad for a made-for-TV flick.


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