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Small Sacrifices 

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.
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1989  
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Storyline

On the 19th of May 1983 Diane Downs stops at the McKenzie-Williamette-Hospital and cries for help. She is wounded on her arm and her three children are also wounded seriously. She says that a stranger shot at them but the investigation of detective Welch bring out that Diane is a liar. Written by Volker Boehm

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Her children got in the way of her love

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Crime | Drama | History

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English

Release Date:

12 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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Small Sacrifices See more »

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Budget:

CAD 7,300,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The real life case of Diane Downs which the movie is based on, foreshadows 1994 trial and arrest of Susan Smith by 11 years. Smith like Downs, also pursued a man who didn't want to be with her because she had children. Refusing to take rejection, Smith also fabricated a story about being car jacked by a strange man causing her two children to drown while strapped in their mother's car. The shocking and disturbing truth was, Smith confessed that she had purposely pushed the car into the river drowning the children in hopes of winning her boyfriend back. Both she and Downs remain in prison to this day. See more »

Goofs

When Diane brings a pizza over to her mailman friend Matt Jensen's house, she asks him if he likes mushrooms on his pizza while holding the pizza out to him. He says yes. But the pizza has no mushrooms on it, it is clearly plain. See more »

Quotes

Psychiatrist: As a psychiatrist, it is my professional opinion that Diane Downs' personality disorders qualify her as a dangerous offender. She is a sociopath: an antisocial personality without any concern for the rights of others. She has a brilliant mind with no conscience to guide it. A narcissist who sees herself as the center of everything, who will get what she wants no matter what means that she has to employ, no matter who or what stands in her way. She's not able to have or understand love.
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Referenced in Kids of Killers (2010) See more »

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An Excellent True Crime movie about a woman who tries to kill her kids to get a man.
2 September 2001 | by freebird-10See all my reviews

Here's TV doing true crime the way it should be done--slowly unfolding plot through character, threading the cops and perps stories together, good courtroom drama--it's spellbinding. Farrah Fawcett is exceptional as Diane Downs, the woman who manages to kill one out of three kids. The two surviving kids are also stand-outs, especially the small daughter who must choose whether or not to testify against the monstrously narcissistic Downs. John Shea is also good as the D.A. A must-see for crime buffs.


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