A Little Thing Called Murder
|A Little Thing Called Murder|
|Directed by||Richard Benjamin|
|Produced by||Gary A. Randall, Randy Stone|
|Written by||Teena Booth, Randy Stone|
|Music by||John Frizzell|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Made by Stonemade Entertainment for Lifetime TV, the film was based on a true story of convicted murderer Sante Kimes, as told in the book Dead End by reporter Jeanne King. A 2001 made-for-TV film about Kimes called Like Mother, Like Son starred Mary Tyler Moore.
Sante Kimes is a con artist and thief who has been preparing her son Kenny since childhood to be her accomplice. Sante is living with a rich man, Ken Kimes, who is unwilling to marry her and makes no provision for Kenny in his will. The boy's mother becomes involved in robberies, arson and the murder of an elderly woman to enrich herself, with her son as her partner in crime.
- Judy Davis as Sante
- Jonathan Jackson as Kenny
- Chelcie Ross as Ken, Sr.
- Cynthia Stevenson as Beverly Bates
- Ryan Robbins
- Alexander Ludwig
Awards and nominations
The film won Best Motion Picture Made for Television in the 11th Golden Satellite Awards.
Judy Davis won Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television in the 11th Golden Satellite Awards. Davis was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in the Emmy Awards.
The casting team was nominated for Best Movie of the Week Casting by the Casting Society of America in its 2006 Artios Awards.
The film used locations in Vancouver.
- "A Murdering Mommy Dearest With a Swell Son to Match". The New York Times. January 23, 2006.
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