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A Killing Affair (1986)





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When reviled labor boss Pink Gresham (Bill Smitrovich) is found murdered, his wife Maggie (Kathy Baker) is visited by Baston Morris (Peter Weller). Morris claims to have killed Pink before leaving his lifeless corpse symbolically in an outhouse. Instead of leaving, Morris moves in on the backwoods widow, and the two begin a psychological game of nerves. As in the works of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, both Maggie and Morris are plagued by their past experiences and hold closely guarded personal secrets. This is David Saperstein's directorial debut.

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Kathy Baker
as Maggie Gresham
Peter Weller
as Baston Morris
John Glover
as Maggie's Brother
Bill Smitrovich
as Pink Gresham

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This is an unheard of movie by many. Don't let that scare you as it turns into one hell of a movie that?s for sure. Setting is West Virginia, back in the forties. A Boss who is running around on his wife turns up murdered, beaten with an ax on his own property, A stranger shows up at the door of the surviving wife, so starts our Drama / Mystery. Definite worth 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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My wife wasn’t a bad woman, just a woman Maggie Gresham is married to a violent and terrible man who cheats on her and treats her like dirt. Her marriage was arranged by her brother but she loves her husband and takes care of their two children. One day she walks to her outhouse and finds her husband strung upside down and brutally murdered. Later that day a man appears from the woods and admits to killing her husband because her husband slept with his wife and murdered his family. Will Maggie believe the man’s story or turn the killer over to the authorities? “I never hurt nothing I didn’t have to.” David Saperstein, director of Beyond the Stars and the writer of the scripts for Cocoon 1 & 2 and A Christmas Visitor, directs A Killing Affair. The storyline for this film was entertaining despite not being particularly original. Saperstein did an excellent job of using the landscape and outside conditions (i.e. the dogs) to make the film intense and fascinating. The acting was above average and the cast included Peter Weller, Kathy Baker, John Glover, and Bill Smitrovich. “Until death do they part.” A Killing Affair was part of a Thriller DVD box set I received for Christmas from my father. This movie had several fascinating elements. It was hard to tell if the murderer was telling the truth throughout the movie and it is hard to imagine a pack of dogs terrorizing a neighborhood. Nevertheless, both variables were intriguing and well delivered. This movie is more entertaining than you may anticipate and is worth your time. “We can’t be your family.” Grade: B-

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