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Small Town Murder Songs (2010)

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A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life.

Director:

Ed Gass-Donnelly
6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Hennessy ... Rita
Amy Rutherford ... Ava
Peter Stormare ... Walter
Vladimir Bondarenko Vladimir Bondarenko ... Deacon
Stephen Eric McIntyre ... Steve (as Eric McIntyre)
Martha Plimpton ... Sam
Aaron Poole ... Jim
Ari Cohen ... Washington
Trent McMullen ... Officer Kevin
Erin Brandenburg Erin Brandenburg ... Officer Michelle
Kat Germain Kat Germain ... Jenny
Jessica Clement ... Deb
Andrew Penner Andrew Penner ... Worker 1
Alan Penner Alan Penner ... Worker 2
John Penner John Penner ... John Penner
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Storyline

Walter is the chief of police in a small Ontario town that has its first murder victim, an attractive young woman who is found naked on the shores of the nearby lake. The woman isn't local and while the Ontario Provincial Police have taken the lead in the investigation, Walter assists where he can. The town is mostly a close-knit Mennonite community and Walter has recently returned to his church. He is also trying to deal with his own temper that led to a violent incident some months before. As the young woman is identified, it becomes apparent that Walter's former love interest may be lying. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, disturbing images, a scene of sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Low German

Release Date:

22 September 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Small Town Murder Scenes See more »

Filming Locations:

Lucan, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,825, 3 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,858, 14 August 2011
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jackie Burroughs final film. See more »

Goofs

The lights on Walter's squad car are not flashing as he walks towards Steve's truck after pulling him over for speeding. When Walter walks back to his car after writing the ticket, the lights are flashing. See more »

Connections

References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Lyrics by Joseph M. Scriven and music by Charles Crozat Converse
Performed by the congregation
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Glad that I finally saw this
25 November 2010 | by cpburrowesSee all my reviews

After missing this by minutes at TIFF (I went to the box office when I should have went to the venue and joined the rush line...oops) I finally was able to see it at a sold out screening in the town where it was shot. In the time between it's premiere in Toronto and the screening I finally saw it at I had seen reviews slowly appearing here and there. While there was good word from Toronto media, which seems partial to hometown boy Ed Glass-Donnelly, I was also seeing less favourable reviews which seemed to be critical of the pacing and the soundtrack. The fact is I found both of these elements of the movie were executed brilliantly. The sound is sparse, the dialogue crisp and clear driving this character study toward it's realistically explosive conclusion. The music was used in excellent way to build atmosphere. The songs by Bruce Peninsula were especially appropriate. Coming from a small town I must add that some of the characters in Smalltown Murder Songs could live right next to me. Believable.


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