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Happy Face Murders (1999)

An eccentric older woman (Ann-Margret) implicates her brutal & controlling lover in the murder of a young intellectually disabled girl. Absorbed with "Murder She Wrote" and "Matlock", she ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann-Margret ... Lorraine Petrovich
Marg Helgenberger ... Jen Powell
Henry Thomas ... Dylan McCarthy
Nicholas Campbell ... Rusty Zuvic
Rick Peters ... Billy Lee Peterson
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith ... Alan Sanford
Bruce Gray ... Ephraim Quince
J.C. MacKenzie ... Ed Baker
Emily Hampshire ... Tracy Billings
Christina Collins Christina Collins ... Nancy Severn
Sean Dick Sean Dick ... Charlie Severn (as Sean Calvin Dick)
Lynne Deragon Lynne Deragon ... Virginia Billings
Tami Levitt Tami Levitt ... TJ's Bartender
Raoul Bhaneja ... Dr. Mike Strong
Katya Gardner ... Rachel
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An eccentric older woman (Ann-Margret) implicates her brutal & controlling lover in the murder of a young intellectually disabled girl. Absorbed with "Murder She Wrote" and "Matlock", she creates details of the murder from clues she picks up from the detectives (Marg Helgenberger, Henry Thomas) on the case. Implicating herself and sentenced to jail, she then recants her testimony. But no one believes her until clues surface from the real killer that he is still out there, has killed before, and will kill again. He signs his messages with Happy Faces. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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They were searching for a killer. She was searching for a way out.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence including rape, and for sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A babaarcú gyilkos See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Granny with a whip
12 August 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Made-for-cable movie is appropriately quirky and darkly comic. Clues regarding a small-town sex murder leads a wise female police detective and her rookie partner (Marg Helgenberger and Henry Thomas, both excellent) to a twisted grandma who keeps changing her story. Off-putting details and a few nasty sequences made me wince, but the actors certainly don't look embarrassed, especially Ann-Margret as the granny with a whip (she has a ball!). The story threads are complex and engrossing, but I had trouble with the presentation, which borders on smut with a bigger budget. Some funny lines and memorable bits (like A-M referring to her "bad ticker"), but overall just so-so.


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