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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.

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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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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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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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Official Sites:

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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

Antioch 227
Music by F.C. Wood
Lyrics by Sam Medley
Performed at Henegar-Union Sacred Harp Convention
Produced by Matt Hinton and Steve Lance Ledbetter
Published by Awake Productions
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An Undiscovered Country
16 October 2011 | by WriterDaveSee all my reviews

Coming across films like "Small Town Murder Songs" is akin to the discovery of a new world.

Yet the eeriness lies in the scents of past loves...echoes of the Coen Brother's "Fargo", Reygadas' "Silent Light" and Granik's "Winter's Bone" seep into this film and are as troubling as Jill Hennessy's character's hold over the detective played by Peter Stormare.

I don't know who this Ed Gass-Donnelly is, but he's a director to watch for in the future. Excellent cinematography and a soundtrack of bluesy rock gospel songs that I instantly purchased from iTunes make this tale of murder in a small Ontario Mennonite community stay with you long after its brief run-time expires.

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