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Dead Before Dawn (1993)

Based upon a true story. Wife with young family finds life becoming unbearable with her successful, but violent and abusive, husband. After filing for divorce, she quickly learns that her ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Correll

Writers:

Ricky Blackwood (story), John Ireland (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheryl Ladd ... Linda
Jameson Parker ... Robert Edelman
G.W. Bailey ... Masterson
Kim Coates ... Zack
Matt Clark ... John DeSilva
Keone Young ... Young
Stanley Anderson ... Ike
Hope Lange ... Virginia DeSilva
Jensen Daggett ... Dana Shoreham
Hollis McCarthy ... Miriam
Debra Bluford Debra Bluford ... Terri Beaumont
Ken Boehr Ken Boehr ... Fred Zabitosky
Andrew Gilchrist Andrew Gilchrist ... Stephen
Kimberly Horner ... Kathleen
Kip Niven ... Ken Fuller
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Based upon a true story. Wife with young family finds life becoming unbearable with her successful, but violent and abusive, husband. After filing for divorce, she quickly learns that her husband, through fear of his personal life embarrassing his clients, has commissioned an assassin to murder her before going to court. Unfortunately, for him, the hired assassin turns out to be an FBI agent. The FBI convince her that she must "pretend" to have been murdered in order to prove her husband's involvement. Written by David Laoide-Kemp

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Her marriage is over. But her nightmare has just begun.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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Dead Before Dawn See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not bad for a true story...this film
4 February 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

was directed by Charles Correll, who also directed several other TV suspense movies, including "Into the Deep Woods" with Tony Perkins and Rosanna Arquette.

Primarily it is the true story of Linda Edelman, whose husband plotted to have her killed. Not a novel idea. But Cheryl Ladd is pleasant to watch, she is usually very believable in these roles, which is more than can be said for Jameson Parker, who portrays the abusive husband.

For some reason I am thinking Gerald McRaney would have been better in this movie, because he is a better actor, or perhaps because he was the foil to Jameson Parker in TV's "Simon and Simon" detective series. Jameson Parker is simply too uptight really, to even act the part of a stuffed-shirt wife beater!.

Matt Clark and Hope Lange, noted veteran actors, portray Ladd's parents. Matt Clark is particularly funny when he says at a restaurant: "I hate Italian food, it all tastes like pizza", as they are longtime Texas residents, born and bred.

All in all, give the movie a chance. Ladd does well, it is not too soapy, and movies about spousal abuse at least send a valid message to the audience.


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