Winter of Frozen Dreams (2009)





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The true story of the first televised murder trial in U.S. history, Winter of Frozen Dreams reveals the bizarre tale of a brilliant biochemistry student who lead a shocking double life. Barbara Hoffman (Thora Birch) was a top student at the University of Wisconsin, and one of Madison's most notorious prostitutes. But how could a girl known for her remarkable mind be drawn into such a lurid plot of passion and murder? When Barbara's fiancé Jerry Davies (Brenden Sexton III) reported the discovery of a corpse one frigid Christmas morning, he never thought police would suspect him of being the killer. Just hours before, Jerry had buried the body in a snow bank, and now Detective Lulling (Keith Carradine) smells foul play. Insisting that he and Hoffman didn't kill the deceased but merely buried the man's corpse, Davies and his bride-to-be quickly establish themselves as the prime suspects in a perplexing murder case. Later, as Hoffman languishes in prison, she becomes an object of curiosity in the media for her refusal to give interviews or even go before the parole board.
R (for language, sexual content, disturbing images and some drug material)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Monterey Media Inc.

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Thora Birch
as Barbara Hoffman
Keith Carradine
as Det. Lulling
Brendan Sexton III
as Jerry Davies
Dean Winters
as Ken Curtis
Dan Moran
as Harry Berge
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Critic Reviews for Winter of Frozen Dreams

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While not the worst movie ever made, Winter of Frozen Dreams suffers from that most severe of cinematic situations. It wastes opportunities and does its real life saga no favors.

Full Review… | March 7, 2009

Audience Reviews for Winter of Frozen Dreams

This had the feel of a simple story that someone wanted to stetch into a feature-length film. The non-linear storyline was sometimes a bit hard to follow as well since the directing was subpar.

Jeff B
Jeff B

I find it upsetting that Thora Birch hasn't been in a noteworthy film since 'Ghost World'. So I took on good faith to give this true crime tale a chance. Birch stars as real life murderess and former prostitute who uses men for their love and finances. While it does have some very good moments, overall the film is a total wreck that has earned its place on the straight to video shelf.

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

Amazing acting, intriguing mystery that jumps chronlogy (in a fitting way, not 'hey we are cool, so do this' kind of way). It's sort of a sexual-thriller/ whodunit/ cop procedural. The movie gets a tad bogged in the middle, seeming to be a little to long, despite it's scant 95 minutes. Thora Birch is spectular as the lead, and she has a sexiness and fierceness, and the movie does keep the tension up.

Bobby LePire
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