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Small Sacrifices (1989)

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Based on the factual book by Ann Rule, Small Sacrifices was original telecast in two parts. Farrah Fawcett continues to successfully obliterate the Charlie's Angels onus in the role of real-life US postal worker Diane Downs. Part One of the film was set in Willamete Valley, Oregon, in 1983. Mrs. Downs drives her three children to the local hospital's emergency entrance: one child is already dead, and the other two have been seriously wounded. Diane claims that the killer was a man who'd tried to steal her car. But in Part Two, prosecutor John Shea rips apart Diane's story in court. What comes to surface is a tawdry tale of a neurotic, narcissistic woman who is pushed over the edge when spurned by her lover (played by Ms. Fawcett's offscreen companion Ryan O'Neal). As difficult as Small Sacrifices was to watch during its initial telecast in November 1989, it has since been rendered doubly disturbing by the more recent tragic events surrounding South Carolina housewife Susan Smith.

Cast

Farrah Fawcett
as Diane Downs
John Shea
as Frank Joziak
Ryan O'Neal
as Lew Lewiston
Gordon Clapp
as Doug Welch
Emily Perkins
as Karen Downs
Gary Chalk
as Boyd Paul
Sean McCann
as Russell Wells
Ken James
as Daryl Chapman
Tom Butler
as Wally Beck
Elan Ross Gibson
as Rosalind Dyring
Lynne Cormack
as Lola Joziak
Bob Roitblat
as Reporter
Maxine Miller
as Verla Mae Wells
Garwin Sanford
as Matt Jensen
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Audience Reviews for Small Sacrifices

Underrated Movie , worth the look.Another Role Farrah rocked , proving that she was more than just that Gorgeous Face. A true story about a Woman on trial for Murdering her 3 Children in the Hopes that her Lover will be happier with her without her children.It was painfully hard to watch at times, but very good.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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