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A Killer Among Friends (A.K.A. Friends for Life)


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  • Actors: Patty Duke, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Loretta Swit
  • Directors: Charles Robert Carner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BDZV8ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award® winner* Patty Duke searches for her daughter’s killer in this shocking true story, costarring Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Loretta Swit. A popular 17-year-old girl, Jenny Monroe (Thiessen) is found beaten, tortured and drowned in a creek. Her best friend, Ellen Holloway (Margaret Welsh), swears to find the killer, providing moral support to Jenny’s mother, Jean (Duke). Moving into the Monroe family home, Ellen becomes like a daughter, helping Jean search for a killer who continues to hide in plain sight. Originally airing on CBS-TV on December 8, 1992, A Killer Among Friends was based on the 1985 murder of Missy Avila, whose killers were eventually convicted of second-degree murder. Sentenced to 15 years-to-life, one was released after serving 21 years, while the other remains in state prison.

*Actress in a Supporting Role, The Miracle Worker (1962)

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Good movie about a true story.
Laura Webb
I have always been a Patty Duke fan from the distant days of her sit-com where she played a double role.
Kate70
No matter how many times I watch it, I find myself researching all about the case, wanting to know more.
Nikkie Hoskins

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jamieB87 on February 28, 2013
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If you haven't seen this movie it is a must see. I watched it on lifetime when i was younger and its one of the classics they never show anymore which are my favorites. If you like the older lifetime movies like from the mid to late 90s you will like this movie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Win231 on August 11, 2013
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I recalled this story from the news many years ago. The movie is based on the murder of Missy Avila. I also saw interviews with the murdered girl's mother. She appeared on several talk shows that included conversations with one of the murderers - Karen Severson - from prison. The movie is very well made and Patty Duke's acting is especially superb (as usual).

This story is a reminder that people are not always what they seem, and that there is no limit to the evil that can result from jealousy. After killing Missy Avila, one of the murderers, Karen Severson actually moved into the victim's home, pretending to find the killer, when what she really wanted was to watch (and enjoy) the victim's mother suffer. And, to illustrate our pathetic justice system, this piece of human garbage, Karen Severson, has been paroled.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on January 31, 2014
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I was a kid when I first saw this movie on TV, back in the day when Lifetime showed truly great movies. It is based upon actual events that occurred in Arleta, CA in 1985. Some of the names have been changed but the events are pretty close to what happened. Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (a gorgeous, talented actress) plays the part of "Jenny Monroe"...the victim's real name was Michele Avila, known as Missy to her family and friends. She is portrayed as a sweet, fun-loving girl with a big heart. She is a brunette beauty with curves in all the right places. She is noticed by men wherever she goes. Unfortunately, this will be the reason for her demise. She has two childhood friends, girls who develop an intense hatred and envy of Jenny/Missy as they enter their teenage years. Patty Duke shines in her role as the victim's mother in this riveting drama...viewers will feel the rage, despair, and pain that Mrs. Avila most likely felt in real life. The two actresses playing Avila's friends/killers are stellar in their performances. Thiessen (most commonly known as Kelli Kapowski in "Saved By the Bell") steals the show as the pretty girl whose life is cut short by her jealous friends.

A truly sad story and excellent acting...as another reviewer noted, it is definitely worth watching. It shows how evil some people can be, how indifferent to human life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Nolting on July 17, 2013
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A Killer Among Friends is a moving drama of a girl murdered by her so called friends. Patty Duke does a marvelous acting job as the mother who shows grief, then searches tirelessly for the killers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kattie Neal on August 16, 2013
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I was glad when this movie came out on DVD this movie is a movie that makes you think should make all teenager think to. Your kids that they have known all their life and become best friends and then they do something you never thought of. You should watch the movie and find out the rest its based on a true story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jennie tracy on February 3, 2014
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Very good movie....glad I was able to find it. You can't never go wrong with Patty Duke movies. I highly recommend this video.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rita M Vigliotti on May 1, 2013
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Great true story, a must watch for all you women out there, sad but patty duke plays a execellent role in this movie!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By keviny01 on March 4, 2013
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Length: 1:41 Mins
This 1992 made-for-TV, fact-based drama from CBS has been released as a burned, single-layer, all-region NTSC DVD-R edition by the Warner Archive Collection with no subtitles, closed captioning, nor bonus features. Shown in the original TV broadcast aspect ratio of 4:3, the DVD picture, though not ideal, is clean and sharp and should satisfy most viewers. Colors look a bit warm, and seem to indicate an old video master was used for the DVD transfer. (Colors look off when a print was made with less-capable, older equipments, thus usually indicating old prints.) Indeed, Warner Archive's website (wbshop dot com) claims that this title has not been restored nor remastered. Warner's site has a sample clip of the film that shows its picture quality. My video clip at the top of this review also has a sample clip. The mono audio track sounds fine.

One of a whole slew of TV movies made in the 90s about psychotic young people (including the 1992 standout "Child of Rage"), "A Killer Among Friends" is about a disturbed teenaged girl who kills her best friend due to jealousy and attempts to cover it up by moving into her victim's home and interfering with the ensuing police investigation. These shows are largely harmless, but they often turn serious topics about troubled young people into shallow dramas with cheap thrills, however well-intentioned the filmmakers and earnest the actors' performances are. In the post-Columbine era, especially, I'm sure many viewers would want more from these topics. Those who don't could find movies like this on the Lifetime movie channel nowadays. Postscript: the real-life killers of the events depicted in "A Killer Among Friends" were just released from prison the past December. I've read that new TV shows were in the works about the events, but haven't seen any yet.
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