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In Broad Daylight (1991)

The fanatically uncompromising Len Rowan and his family insult and terrorize the citizens of a small town for years. One day the comment of a saleswoman about Len's son not being able to ... See full summary »

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Harry MacLean (book), William Hanley (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Len Rowan
Cloris Leachman ... Ruth Westerman
Marcia Gay Harden ... Adina Rowan
Chris Cooper ... Jack Wilson
John Anderson ... Wes Westerman
Ken Jenkins ... Bob Webb
Robert Schenkkan ... Rev. Don Douglas
David Neidorf ... Marshal Paul Harris
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Sheriff Phil Lewis
Bill Thurman ... Virgil Teague
Brandon Smith ... Todd Lacey
Colleen Keegan Colleen Keegan ... Darlene Rowan
Bill Bolender ... Frank Snow
Greta Muller ... Madge Summers
Dedra London Dedra London ... Cindy Rowan
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The fanatically uncompromising Len Rowan and his family insult and terrorize the citizens of a small town for years. One day the comment of a saleswoman about Len's son not being able to pay his sweets triggers off his persecution complex. As revenge for the believed insult, the whole family starts stalking the shop owner and her husband... until this escalates and the old man gets badly injured. Len is arrested, but gets off, free on bail. His clever attorney delays the court session for more than a year - while Rowan keeps threatening the witnesses. But then, the people feel they've had enough of this and decide to take the law in their own hands... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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In Broad Daylight See more »

Filming Locations:

Elgin, Texas, USA See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Chris Cooper, Marcia Gay Harden and Cloris Leachman. See more »

Quotes

Cindy Rowan: Would you do me a favor and just DROP DEAD?
Darlene Rowan: [in unflappable good-humored sarcasm] Only if YOU promise me a REALLY NICE FUNERAL.
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The plot is the same as the real incident!
20 December 2004 | by gunrunnerSee all my reviews

Chris thought the plot was weak, I'm a Law Enforcement Officer in Northwest Missouri, the story is all too real! Here is a short review from the book of the same title. This movie/book was based on a REAL crime that occurred in Skidmore, MO in 1981.

From Publishers Weekly - Ken Rex McElroy terrorized the residents of several counties in northwestern Missouri for a score of years. He raped young girls and brutalized them after they went to live with him or even married him; he shot at least two men; he stole cattle and hogs, and burned down the houses of some who interfered with his criminal activities. Thanks to the expert efforts of his lawyer and the pro-defendant bias of state laws, he served no more than a few days in jail, the author shows. In 1981, sentenced for the shooting of a popular grocer and free on bail, he was killed by the men of Skidmore, the center of his felonies; they closed ranks against all attempts to identify those who had pulled the triggers. Written by a first-time author, this is an engrossing, credible examination of the way vigilante action can take over when the law appears to be powerless.

BOMC and QPBC alternates. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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