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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 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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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

In the credit for the song "Here Comes the Comet," written is misspelled as "wriiten." See more »

Connections

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

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Crabapples
Written and Performed by Bruce Peninsula
Produced by Leon Laheny and Bruce Peninsula
Published by Bruce Peninsula
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A small slice of Coen
31 March 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Walter (Peter Stormare) is a small Ontario town chief of police with a large Mennonite farming community. They find the naked body of a young woman. It's his first murder. He's trying to overcome his angry past. However the murder leads to Rita (Jill Hennessy) who provides an alibi for her boyfriend Steve (Stephen Eric McIntyre).

This is a festival indie by writer/director Ed Gass-Donnelly. With Peter Stormare and those great thumping songs by Bruce Peninsula, this has the feel of a Coen movie. The story isn't that compelling. It needs to be either more twisty or more grotesque. It doesn't compare to its modern compatriots. Stormare is amazing as he usually is. He is a great character actor in need of a big time role. And the music just drives so hard that it energizes a pretty simple story. This movie is much more about this quiet character as most of his struggle is interior.


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