A Killing in a Small Town

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A Killing in a Small Town
DVD cover
Format Drama
Distributed by CBS
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
Produced by Courtney Pledger
Dan Witt
Written by John Bloom (book)
James Atkinson (book)
Cynthia Cidre (teleplay)
Starring Barbara Hershey
Brian Dennehy
John Terry
Music by Richard Gibbs
Cinematography Robert Elswit
Production company Hearst Entertainment
IndieProd Company
King Phoenix Entertainment
Country United States
Language English
Release date May 22, 1990
Running time 100 minutes

A Killing in a Small Town is a 1990 CBS television movie directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starring Barbara Hershey and Brian Dennehy. Co-star Barbara Hershey won a 1990 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie.[1]


A small town is shocked by the brutal ax murder of a woman. However, they are even more shocked when a reserved neighboring woman, Candy Morrison (Hershey), who is a wife and mother, becomes the chief suspect. During the investigation, she is placed under hypnosis which reveals a different personality completely. The film is based on the story of Wylie, Texas, housewife Candy Montgomery's murder of Betty Gore in 1980, and sometimes is titled Evidence of Love, after a 1984 book on the murder case.


Portions of the movie, including interior and exterior scenes of Candy Morrison's home, were actually filmed in Plano, Texas (another northern suburb of Dallas).


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