A Killing in a Small Town

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A Killing in a Small Town
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Written by John Bloom (book)
James Atkinson (book)
Cynthia Cidre (teleplay)
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
Starring Barbara Hershey
Brian Dennehy
John Terry
Theme music composer Richard Gibbs
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Judith A. Polone
Bruce J. Sallan
Producer(s) Courtney Pledger
Dan Witt
Editor(s) Harvey Rosenstock
Cinematography Robert Elswit
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) Hearst Entertainment
IndieProd Company
King Phoenix Entertainment
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release May 22, 1990

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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