A Killing in a Small Town (1990)

TV Movie   |  R   |    |  Drama


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The gory ax-murder of one mousy, suburban Texas housewife by another is nearly as shocking as the excuse offered by the bespectacled defendant's attorney: self-defense. Could it be so?


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13 November 2006 | MarieGabrielle
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| Barbara Hershey...
does quite well in this film. She lives in a stark Texas town, has her children, attends church, but something is missing. She enters into an affair with her best friend's husband well-portrayed by John Terry.

Lee Garlington is her neighbor with John Terry the faithless husband. This does not wind down however, into histrionics and cheap drama. The film depicts the rage and cold anger Hershey feels, and the explosive results. Dennehey is her defense lawyer, but the courtroom segments are thankfully minimal.

The real credit goes to director Gyllenhall, who creates the Texas suburbs, showing the starkness, both of the housing developments they live in ,the small church atop a deserted hillside, and the small "Main Street USA" town this woman actually lived in. Well done.

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