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Love and Hate (1989)

Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joanne Thatcher (original title)
Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from wife Joanne. When the court rules in Joanne's favour, Thatcher hires a hit man to kill his wife, and almost gets away with it.


Francis Mankiewicz


Suzette Couture, Maggie Siggins (book)
5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Nelligan ... JoAnn Thatcher
Kenneth Welsh ... Colin Thatcher
Robert Benson Robert Benson ... Jack Rutherford
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ... Gerry Gerrand
Brent Carver Brent Carver ... Tony Merchant
Thom Bell Thom Bell
Duncan Ollerenshaw ... Greg Thatcher
Lorna Wilson Lorna Wilson
Laura Bruneau Laura Bruneau
Cedric Smith ... Tony Wilson
Victoria Snow ... Ellie Hubiak
Barry Stevens Barry Stevens ... Government Minister
Neil Dainard Neil Dainard ... House Speaker
Stuart Hughes ... Charlie Wilde
Eugene Lipinski ... Garry Anderson


Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from his wife Jo-Ann. When a series of court rulings over the divorce go against him, Thatcher decides a more drastic solution is needed - murder! A series of attempts on Jo-Ann's life follow, most of which don't succeed. Finally one does, and the arrogant Thatcher believes he is above the law and immune to prosecution. But his arrogance proves to be his undoing, as Crown Counsel Serge Kujawa builds a case against this psychopathic monster for 1st-degree murder - charging that Thatcher hired someone to kill his wife. The true story of one of the most disturbing stories of murder-for-hire in Canada. Written by medic249a2

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English | French

Release Date:

15 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and Hate: A Marriage Made in Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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Powerful Politician Puts The Hit On His Wife
2 November 2011 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

This story shocked Canadians. It all seemed so sordid and sensational - not something that would happen in Canada. Powerful politician and rancher Colin Thatcher (Welsh) might have become a true titan of Canadian politics but booze, womanising and a temper of near legend got in the way not merely of political greatness but ruined his marriage.

This TV movie captures as much of how real life in Canada can resemble a night-time soap opera. Welsh's over the top performance is in keeping with one of those sensationalistic TV miniseries except Thatcher in real-life was far scarier.

Excellent ensemble cast assembled here but it didn't quite make for the result the CBC had hoped for vis a vis ratings. I'd still broadcast it and rebroadcast it, perhaps even make a sequel. This story remains so incredibly shocking when you note that Colin Thatcher had every advantage in life including being born into one of the most powerful families in the place he was from.

If you are American think of it as a Kennedy-type or a Bush-type becoming a Secretary of Energy in a State where his father was once a two-term governor and being looked to as a potential future governor himself, have a picture perfect wife and children but cause his life to implode via his own narcissistic tendencies.

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