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The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

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Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler) is a lonely nurse who takes care of her invalid mother in Mobile, Alabama. Starved for affection, she places an ad in a lonely hearts column and soon receives a letter from Ray Fernandez (Tony LoBianco). He meets her and runs off with her dowry to New York City. Martha puts her mother in a nursing home and follows the handsome con artist. She agrees to pose as his sister as the two fleece lonely, unsuspecting women out of their money. Martha's jealousies of Ray's victims leads to murder. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, an elderly matron is killed and her child is drowned in a washing machine. Martha considers confessing to the police when she finally realizes Ray will never be true to her or any other woman. The story was taken from actual events, and the real-life couple were eventually executed in Sing Sing prison in 1951. The black-and-white photography adds an aura of authenticity to the documentary-style production.

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Cast

Shirley Stoler
as Martha Beck
Tony Lo Bianco
as Ray Fernandez
Mary Jane Higby
as Janet Fay
Kip McArdle
as Delphine Downing
Marilyn Curtis
as Myrtle Young
Barbara Cason
as Evelyn Long
Mary Breen
as Rainelle Downing
Elsa Raven
as Matron
Guy Sorel
as Mr. Dranoff
Mike Haley
as Jackson
Marilyn Chris
as Myrtle Young
William Adams
as Justice of the Peace
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Critic Reviews for The Honeymoon Killers

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

Made with care, authenticity and attention to detail.

September 25, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

It is one of the best and, curiously, most beautiful American movies in recent years.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

Leonard Kastle brings a spare dignity and genuine depth of characterization to his exploitation subject.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

depicts crime and violence as a moral vacuum that draws in the narcissistic and the pathetic without ever moralizing or preaching

October 7, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Q Network Film Desk

The reputation of this intriguing cult item far exceeds the Trivial Pursuit tidbits that it was a personal favorite of Francois Truffaut and that Martin Scorsese was the original director until he was fired 10 days into production.

October 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Creative Loafing

Kastle is a born filmmaker with an uncanny feeling for the startling close-up and the excruciating long-take

November 24, 2009 | Full Review…
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for The Honeymoon Killers

There are some very funny moments, but it's long for its subject matter, and not as shocking as I had hoped it would be. If this were a horror film it would have done a lot better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

I live in a country where people will inform you that Pulp Fiction is action, American Psycho is horror, Eternal Sunshine is comedy, Donnie Darko is witty, and the Honeymoon Killers is drama. well, what was i supposed to expect? its pretty hilarious.

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

Not particularly good.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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