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Bloodlines: Murder in the Family (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 1 March 1993
The aftermath of the notorious "Ninja Murders," aka "The Yom Kippur Murders" is dramatized by following Melody Woodman (Mimi Rogers). Her husband Stewart Woodman (Elliot Gould) is convicted... See full synopsis »

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Paul Wendkos

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William Driskill (as Bill Driskill), Sara Davidson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mimi Rogers ... Melody Woodman
Elliott Gould ... Stewart Woodman
Clancy Brown ... Ben Guardino
Kim Hunter ... Vera Woodman
Joe Spano ... Hal Leventhal
Chris Demetral ... Ian Woodman
Nicholle Tom ... Jacy Woodman
Nicholas Rutherford
Bonnie Bartlett ... Ruth
Hunt Block
Robin Strasser
Andy Romano ... Sully
John Pleshette ... Neil Woodman
David Spielberg
Sam Wanamaker ... Gerald Woodman
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The aftermath of the notorious "Ninja Murders," aka "The Yom Kippur Murders" is dramatized by following Melody Woodman (Mimi Rogers). Her husband Stewart Woodman (Elliot Gould) is convicted of conspiring with brother Neil Woodman (John Pleshette) to hire a hit on their parents, Vera (Kim Hunter) and Gerald (Sam Wanamaker), The murders are back story; this is a lightly fictionalized account of Melody's travails after Stewart goes to prison. Melody loses her multimillion-dollar home, her dozens of fur coats, her jewelry and her wealthy friends. She can't afford tuition to the private schools her three kids were attending. Forced to move in with her own mother and find a job, she demonstrates pluck and integrity as she deals with the many problems of adjusting to life as a wage earner. For an account of the murders and the investigation that convicted the Woodman brothers, see "Family Blood" by Marvin J. Wolf and Larry Ateberry.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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A very compelling true-life murder case
8 June 2000 | by waldorfsaladSee all my reviews

This is the true story of the Woodman murders, the affluent parents of Stewart and Neil Woodman who have been sentenced to life imprisonment for hiring hit-men to commit their murders so as to collect the insurance money. The first half of this made-for-TV movie is quite riveting whereas the second half is more the story of the wife's valiant struggle to come to terms with the demise of her comfortable bourgeois existence. Not to mention the difficulty in raising three children whose own worlds have shattered after the arrest of their father. We can sympathize with Melody Woodman's plight, but I would have liked to see Mimi Rogers less afraid to look awful, it would have made her role more believable. Thanks to the fine young actors we root for the kids despite their spoiled rottenness. As Stewart Woodman, Elliott Gould plays him so well, we feel truly pained to see him as the broken man that his incarceration has left him. All the actors are good, and this is one of the better TV movies made from the waist-deep true life murder cases.


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