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Murder Ordained (1987)

Based on the true story of a bedroom-eyed Kansas preacher who decided that getting rid of his wife, and his secretary's husband, was the will of the Lord.

Director:

Mike Robe

Writers:

Mike Robe, James Steven Sadwith (teleplay) (as James Sadwith) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Trooper John Rule
JoBeth Williams ... Lorna Anderson
Kathy Bates ... Bobbi Birk
Guy Boyd ... Mike Buckley
Terence Knox ... Martin Anderson
Darrell Larson ... Ronald Stark
John Goodman ... Hugh Rayburn
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... Sandy Bird
Robert Harper ... Warren
Margot Rose ... Nancy Horst
M. Emmet Walsh ... Vern Humphrey
Terry Kinney ... Tom Bird
Anne E. Curry ... Loraine Rule
Bruce French ... Bruce Linton
Lee Garlington ... Lorna's Friend
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Storyline

This is the story of a minister who's feeling unhappy in his marriage who then has an affair with a church employee, who is also married, and who also has affairs, and whose husband is unwilling to divorce her. One day the minister's wife is found dead, in what appears to be an auto accident, but the highway patrolman who investigated the accident doesn't think that it's an accident but doesn't have enough evidence to justify an investigation. Later, when the woman's husband is killed an investigation begins. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assalto Mortífero See more »

Filming Locations:

Emporia, Kansas, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Christian's point of view
13 April 2006 | by pchad2See all my reviews

As a Christian, I found this movie's portrayal of a fallen pastor quite convincing. When the opening says that it was based upon a true incident, I want to really know more, and how much of this movie has been embellished. Temptation is all around us, and it has been around us long before James Baker and Jimmy Swaggart. This makes the long life and ministry of the Reverend Billy Graham so much more marvelous. Imagine the temptations that man has had placed before him for over 50 years of public ministry around the world. I know that his prayer life must be powerful. I felt that this was one of Keith Carradine's best movies, and the investigation part of the film was excellent. JoBeth Williams was so seductive in her role. It was great to see future Acadamy Award winner Kathy Bates. Great movie, great plot, great acting--sad story. Christians should remember one thing: If Satan had no problem tempting the Lord (3 times!), why we're just a "piece of cake" to him. We need a powerful prayer life.


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