The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)

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A Texas housewife plots hire a hit man to kill the girl who beat out her daughter for a place on the cheerleading squad in this made-for-cable satire based on a true story. Holly Hunter stars as Wanda Holloway, a twice-married Baptist mother of two who becomes obsessed when her daughter, Shanna (Frankie Ingrassia), gets disqualified from the election for the eighth-grade cheerleading squad because of overly manipulative campaign tactics (i.e. handing out free rulers imprinted with her name). Looking down her nose at neighbor Verna Heath (Elizabeth Ruscio), whose daughter, Amber (Megan Berwick), made the squad, Wanda becomes convinced that there's a conspiracy afoot and decides to do something about it. Getting in touch with her ex-husband's brother, Terry Harper (Beau Bridges) -- a lowlife with a liquor and drug habit and a wife (Swoosie Kurtz) who sees imaginary creatures on the floor -- Wanda all but orders him to find her an assassin on the cheap. Terry chickens out, contacts the police, and helps get the goods on his former sister-in-law before she can do any actual damage. A media circus soon engulfs the participants' small Texas town as Wanda heads to court and tries to prove she was the victim of a setup. Set against the backdrop of the Gulf War and the fall of communism, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom was filmed for HBO by Bad News Bears and Smile director Michael Ritchie. In adapting the Wanda Holloway story for the small screen, the film followed Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story, a 1992 ABC TV movie starring Lesley Ann Warren.
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R (adult situations)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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HBO Video

Cast

Holly Hunter
as Wanda Holloway
Matt Frewer
as McKinney
Eddie Jones
as C.D. Holloway
Frankie Ingrassia
as Shanna Harper
Jack Kehler
as Sergeant F.E Blackwell
Gary Grubbs
as Detective Helton
Frederick Kohner
as Shane Harper
Jana Arnold
as Florie
Nelly Bly
as Waitress
O'Neal Compton
as Principal James Barker
Bill Cross
as Plant Manager
Steve Eastin
as Bob Wilbur
Jessie Jones
as Mother
Susan Krebs
as Ms. Richards
Ryan MacDonald
as Old Man
Patrick Montes
as Newscaster
Michael Ritchie
as Minister
Clive Rosengren
as Judge George H. Godwin
Ray Sharkey
as Police Officer
Richard Schiff
as Life Photographer
Janis Uhley
as Donahue Audience
Noni White
as Donahue Audience
Phil Donahue
as Talkshow Host (Himself)
Johnny Carson
as Former Talkshow Host (Himself)
Jane Anderson
as Writer (herself)
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Critic Reviews for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's a lot to laugh at here. But there's a lot more that's disquieting.

Full Review… | May 9, 2008
eFilmCritic.com

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August 15, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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January 18, 2005
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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October 6, 2004
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June 8, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom

This is a great docucomedy about Wanda Holloway-a devoted mother who just wants her daughter to succeed in life-even if it means having her ex brother in law hire a hitman to bump off her little girl's best friend and mother...Holly Hunter is great as crazy Wanda,and it's already one of my favorite movies-check it out(it's all true!):fresh:

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