A Killing in a Small Town (True Stories Collection TV Movie)
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After an affair with her best friend's husband things spin out of control and Candy soon realizes the damage she has caused is irreversible. Confronted by her friend about the affair, their anger quickly becomes violent.
The film ends with a courtroom scene which has become all to familiar in made for TV movies. However, this film rises above such conventions with stellar performances by Hershey, Brian Dennehy and Hal Holbrook, a clever script by Cynthia Cidre and skilled direction by Stephen Gyllenhaal.
The DVD has no special features other that full screen presentation and scene selection. The picture quality is quite good and is beautifully packaged in a keep case coverbox.
This is feature film quality entertainment! Not your average made for TV movie!
Brian Dennehy is equally good as the lawyer who tries to get her out of her terrifying predicament.
The movie is impressively done and once again worthy most of all for Ms. Hershey's dynamic presence.
As I said, Hershey's syrupy sweet accent and whatever she is trying to do (putting the lift at the end of her sentences as if she's always asking a question, or for verification or permission from whomever she's talking to) is off-putting and distracting. I think she was wrong for the part. I never forgot: that's Barbara Hershey.
The movie differs from the book in several ways: the name changes; Jackie Ponder, their minister, is totally left out (she probably wanted to be); and they have the murder happening in January 1980 instead of when it really happened, June 1980 (remember, Alisa just HAD to go to that swimming lesson with her OWN swimsuit?). Also, they left out the affair Candy had with another man, after Allan. When Allan takes Candy to lunch, he remarks that she's always up and has a good attitude. She replies that her family moved a lot since her father was in the Army, and she learned that you could not let people see you unconfident or afraid. That conversation did not take place. It's as though it's an excuse for the way she acted all the time, that she wasn't really that self-confident.
in the axe scene, it has Peggy swinging the axe right at Candy's head, and Candy moves out of the way just in time. I don't recall that in the book - I seem to remember the author noting that if Betty had really wanted to kill Candy, she would have actually hit her in the head, instead it seemed that she deliberately missed.Read more ›
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I have loved Brian Dennehy since I had seen him in a segment of CAGNEY AND LACEY many years ago. Read morePublished 7 months ago by T. G. Harpster
Candy having an affair and cheating on her husband. Very bad thing to do! Candy having an affair with the husband of HER BEST FRIEND? Hello? Seriously, what could be worse! Read morePublished 7 months ago by SETH WALTON
This was not the story I thought it was, but Barbara Hershey is good in her small, provincial town housewife role. It is worth watching, but I will probably pass it on.Published 12 months ago by Kate70
One of the best true story TV Movies ever made. I don't think I ever saw this before and being a big TV movie collector and fan I don't know how
I missed this one. Read more
I was so glad to find this movie ,thanx to Amazon I can enjoy watching it when ever I chose . I loved Barbara Hershey in this fabulous movie .Published 17 months ago by marilyn g. bean