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A Little Thing Called Murder (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 23 January 2006
Based on the true story of mother/son tag-team Sante Kimes and her offspring, Kenny, who crisscrossed the country and committed a string of crimes, among them robbery, fraud, arson, slavery, and murders that shocked the world.


Richard Benjamin


Teena Booth (teleplay), Randy Stone (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... Sante Kimes
Jonathan Jackson ... Kenny Kimes
Chelcie Ross ... Ken Sr.
Cynthia Stevenson ... Beverly Bates
Jake D. Smith ... Young Kenny Kimes (as Jake Smith)
Garry Chalk ... Jake
John Furey ... Lt. Harold Evans
Ari Cohen ... Matthew Weissman
Bill Meilen Bill Meilen ... Mel Sachs
Brent King ... Kent Walker
Alexander Ludwig ... Kenny at 11 / 12 yrs.
Allison Hossack Allison Hossack ... Prosecutor Eleanor Hunt
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight ... Journalist (as Tiffany Knight)
Christine Willes ... Loretta
Doris Chillcott Doris Chillcott ... Irene Silverman


Sante Kimes found a rich man, Ken, but he wasn't dumb enough to marry her. So her son Kenny Jr. isn't co-heir with his step-siblings. However the boy is made her accomplice in an endless series of shameless crimes, from shoplifting to elaborate scams. After her four year jail term, Kenny is unable to escape her clasp again. When his father dies, he's dragged along throughout the US as an 'enforcer' for even more daring crimes, as she's determined to avoid jail - by murdering dangerous witnesses. Written by KGF Vissers

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Mother. Son. Mayhem.


Comedy | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead End See more »

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When Kenneth Kimes Sr has passed away in the car, he's visibly still breathing. See more »


References The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) See more »

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A Little Thing Called Terrific ****
24 January 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Judy Davis will certainly merit an Emmy nomination come the next time they hand those awards out. She is absolutely fabulous in "A Little Thing Called Murder."

Despicable, insane, brutal are just some of the many adjectives that can be used to describe Miss Davis's brilliant performance as grifter Sante Kimes.

This woman, who apparently was born to do evil, is everything you wouldn't want in a person. Manipulative, maniacal and just outrageous. Slapping her child and then blaming the security guard for it is just the tip of the iceberg.

Killing just comes natural to Sante. Whether it's drowning or strangulation, she is up to the task completely.

The worst thing that ever happened to her son was when she is released from prison after a 4 year stint of enslaving maids. She is back home to mold him into her evil ways and what a job she did.

Kudos to the makeup artist for making Davis old and ugly with an almost matronly look that anyone might just sympathize with. That's of course until she opens her mouth. It's as if the whole world is against her, which of course is her basic trouble.

Absorbing film. Judy Davis, you're one heck of a great actress!

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