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Killing for Love (2016)

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The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The Haysoms were wealthy, respected members of Virginia society, and the murder conviction of ... See full summary »

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Marcus Vetter, Karin Steinberger (co-director)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Imogen Poots ... Elizabeth Haysom (voice)
Daniel Brühl ... Jens Söring (voice)
Jens Söring ... Himself
Chuck Reid Chuck Reid ... Himself - Former Investigator Bedford County Sheriff's Department
Ricky Gardner Ricky Gardner ... Himself - Lead investigator Bedford County Sheriff's Department
Suzanne Peniche Suzanne Peniche ... Herself
John Peniche John Peniche ... Himself
Carlos Santos Carlos Santos ... Himself - Journalist
Rich Zorn Rich Zorn ... Himself - Former Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General (as Richard Zorn)
Gail Marshall Gail Marshall ... Herself - Soering attorney, former Deputy Attorney General of Virginia
Tom Elliott Tom Elliott ... Himself - Catholic Deacon and Chaplain (as Tom B. Elliott)
Dave Watson Dave Watson ... Himself - Private Investigator
Gail Ball Gail Ball ... Herself - Jens Söring's Lawyer
Steven Rosenfield Steven Rosenfield ... Himself, Jens Soering's lead attorney
William Sweeney William Sweeney ... Himself - Judge (as Judge William Sweeney)
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The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The Haysoms were wealthy, respected members of Virginia society, and the murder conviction of their daughter Elizabeth and her German boyfriend Jens Soering sent shock waves through the rural community of Bedford County. Elizabeth and Jens had met in a university program for high achieving students. She was a product of European boarding schools, he was the son of a diplomat. After being arrested in London, England, for passing bad checks in 1986, they were both extradited to the United States and have now spent over 30 years behind bars. This beautifully crafted film reveals a mismanaged, or perhaps completely corrupted, judicial process. This was the first criminal trial held in front of TV cameras - the first high-profile, international case tried in a small town. Investigations over the past 3 years have turned up stunning evidence that was previously suppressed or deemed inadmissible. ...

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English | German

Release Date:

15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

€600,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Jens Söring: I felt like the hero in Charles Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities", who gave his life for love.
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Intense and poignant - highly reccomended true crime documentary
3 January 2018 | by darnsianSee all my reviews

This is a great documentary about a horrible crime, spanning decades as the filmmakers slowly peel back public appearance to reveal new information and the emotional lives of the people involved. It reminded me yet again how complicated true life is, and that we must always stay open, must always resist the rush to judgement. I grew up in the Virginia area and remember well when these murders were committed. This doc painstakingly presents alternate versions of the event itself, and allows us to exist in the contradictory space created between two people, a swirl of deception and self-deception, loyalty and guilt - the human ecology. An intense, engrossing, deeply emotional film - I so enjoyed being invited into Mr. Soering's mind over the years. The filmmakers cannot deliver us a pat ending - it doesn't exist and probably never will - but I appreciate their intention to be fair, and to investigate. A great crime doc that turns the tables on a prevailing narrative. There are always other sides of the story.


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