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A Slight Case of Murder (1999)

William H. Macy , Adam Arkin , Steven Schachter  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Adam Arkin, Felicity Huffman, James Cromwell, Julia Campbell
  • Directors: Steven Schachter
  • Writers: William H. Macy, Steven Schachter, Donald E. Westlake
  • Producers: Mitch Engel, Salli Newman
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G1R4RU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,970 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Slight Case of Murder" on IMDb

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Popular New York film critic, Terry Thorpe (William H. Macy), finds himself in messy predicament when he accidentally kills his lover during a spat. He immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment without knowing that a private investigator (James Cromwell) has been spying on the woman for her ex-husband. Realizing his opportunity, the investigator launches a plan to blackmail Thorpe. Meanwhile the police enter the picture and detective (Adam Arkin) targets Thorpe as the chief suspect while also trying to advance his own dreams of becoming a screenwriter. Thorpe's regular girlfriend (Felicity Huffman) becomes suspicious of all the strange activity as Thorpe tries desperately to cover up his own foul play and ward off all the bribing schemers trying to profit from his misfortune.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars caught off guard May 6, 2003
By Katja
Format:VHS Tape
OK. So, I stumbled upon this movie, chosen by a friend, and not expecting it to actually be good, was totally caught off guard. This is actually, in my opinion, not only completely clever in the humor, but some of William H. Macy's best comedic work, on par with "Fargo". While I could analyze the appropriateness of the genre and all that jazz, and I am just going to suffice it to say that it is an entertaining movie with humor right up the alley of those seeking humor slightly off the beaten path. As is necessary for a good film, it boasts a completely talented cast, and I was impressed no only by William Macy's performance, but also by Adam Arkin,a completely overlooked and incredibly talented actor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! May 9, 2007
Format:DVD
I love these sleeper films. Subtle performances from a solid cast, A Slight Case of Murder is a classy, light-hearted who-done-it with a satisfying conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie! July 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Like some of the best movies I have seen, I caught this one by accident. I am not going to go into some long winded review about "film noir" blah, blah, blah. I recommend this movie to anybody that has not seen it. If you like movies like "Three O'Clock High", "Red Rock West", "After Hours" or if you liked "Fargo"...check this one out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Movie! September 22, 2008
Format:DVD
I'm surprised how few "5-Star" ratings this movie has. It's terrific. Sort of a dark humor murder mystery. It's extremely funny in parts, and full of surprises. William H. Macy steals the show, frequently making asides to us - the audience - about his next idea, and how this isn't going as he'd planned, etc.

Terrific film. If nothing else, rent this on NetFlix or something. You won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A SLIGHT BUT ENJOYABLE NOIR PIECE February 13, 2007
Format:DVD
Based on a story by mystery writer Donald Westlake, this movie benefits from an Emmy nominated performance from the always reliable William H. Macy. Macy plays a movie critic who finds himself in a pickle when an argument with his lover leads to her accidental death. A game of cat and mouse ensues when a sleazy private investigator who was following the woman realizes Macy has killed her.

Macy has some choice moments as he addresses the audience during his dilemma and receives good support from his real life wife Felicity Huffman who plays his other girlfriend and from crusty James Cromwell as the PI. Adam Arkin is also very good as the police detective who sees Macy as a channel to get his screenplay sold. A twisty plot involves Macy and Arkin's wife, with the resultant resolution appropos.

Entertaining variation on the noir genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel September 30, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie was made for TV. It is better than 98% of the regular releases that are shown in theaters. Neat plot, great acting. There are few movies I can watch more that once and I have watched this several times. William H. Macy is great and his comedic timing is wonderful in this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slight case of murder March 19, 2009
Format:DVD
William H. Macy is wonderful in this comedic look at murder and trying to cover it up. A classic!
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