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A Killing in a Small Town

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 Killing in a Small Town
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Written byJohn Bloom (book)
James Atkinson (book)
Cynthia Cidre (teleplay)
Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal
StarringBarbara Hershey
Brian Dennehy
John Terry
Theme music composerRichard Gibbs
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Judith A. Polone
Bruce J. Sallan
Producer(s)Courtney Pledger
Dan Witt
CinematographyRobert Elswit
Editor(s)Harvey Rosenstock
Running time100 minutes
Production company(s)Hearst Entertainment
IndieProd Company
King Phoenix Entertainment
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMay 22, 1990


A small town is shocked by the brutal ax murder of a woman, Peggy Blankenship. However, they are even more shocked when a reserved neighboring woman, Candy Morrison, 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.


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1440. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.

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