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Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (1992)

Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (TV) Edmund Perry appears to have things all going his way when he graduates from Phillips Exeter Academy with a scholarship to Stanford U. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Curtis McClarin Curtis McClarin ... Edmund Perry (as Curtis L. McClarin)
Anna Maria Horsford ... Veronica Perry
Carla Gugino ... Allison Connors
Christopher Daniel Barnes ... Sean
Taurean Blacque ... Jonah Perry Sr.
Guy Killum ... Jonah Perry
Dakin Matthews ... Howards
Jason Christopher Jason Christopher ... Barry
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Tyree
Hari Rhodes
Georg Stanford Brown ... Darwin Tolliver
Jay Underwood ... Kyle Lawrence
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... C. Yernon Mason
Peter Iacangelo ... Police Sergeant Grady
Kelly Jo Minter ... Sharonda


Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (TV) Edmund Perry appears to have things all going his way when he graduates from Phillips Exeter Academy with a scholarship to Stanford U. when an unfortunate meeting with a police officer ends his life. The focus is on the four years and the events at the Academy which ultimately led to the tragedy. Written by Les MacDonald at allstarzz69@hotmail.com

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He climbed from New York's worst ghetto to the nation's top schools. He was living the American dream. So what went wrong?




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6 January 1992 (USA) See more »

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You have to think of Exeter as a bridge you have to cross not a cross you have to bear
23 July 2011 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

(Some Spoilers) On the evening of June 12, 1985 17 year old Edmund Perry and his brother Jonah, Curtis McClarin & Guy Killum, were out playing night basketball when all of a sudden their lives were turned upside down. In Emdund's case it in fact ended! It was then that Edmund ended up with three bullets in his gut when he and Jonah pounced upon undercover NYPD officer Lee Van Hotton, Angelo Tiffe, for reasons known only to themselves which, in the two having no previous criminal records, practically excluded the two trying to rob or mug him.

The film then goes back some four years when Edmund was 13 and living in the Harlem ghetto and the obstacles that he had to overcome for him to get out of it. It was Edmund's scholastic record that had his teacher Mr. Tolliver, Georg Standord Brown, have him be put in a special class for gifted students that Edmund excelled in. In no time at all Edmund or Eddie was accepted in the prestigious New Hampshire Exeter Academy with him being one of the few blacks to be accepted there.

You would think that things were to really improve for Eddie but as we soon saw they didn't. Eddie feeling very uncomputable surrounded by rich white students had trouble adjusting to the schools lifestyle. Even though he did good in his classes he was a total failure in his social life in Exeter always having a chip on his shoulder in not just being black but being from Harlem. Eddie did in fact make some friends at the exclusive and almost lily white prep school in Sean Putnam, Chris Daniel Barnes, and pretty Allison Connors, Carla Gugino, but his inferiority complex of being black in a white world or school didn't help Eddie in evolving any real friendship with them. In fact if was Allison who tried to open Eddie up by going out of her way to be friendly with him but the fact that her parents, if she even told them, would have disowned her if they found out about her friendship with Eddie had his paranoia as being black intensify to the point that he walked out on Allison without as much as saying goodbye to her. It was at graduation day at Exeter Academy that both Allison and Sean patched up their past differences with Eddie with him slated to go, on a full scholarship, to Sanford University in the fall and also getting a summer job on Wall Street. within two weeks all that together with Eddie Perry was dead on arrival at a local Harlem hospital emergency ward!

What in fact drove Eddie Perry, who had the world at his feet, to do such a stupid thing that lead to his untimely death? As we later find out Eddie fit the description of that famous saying in "That you can take the man out of the ghetto but not the ghetto out of the man". At Exeter Eddie was at times a bit violent when provoked, mostly with words not actions, about his blackness by being quick with his fists but tried, with some success, to keep his hurt feelings under raps. It was when Eddie was back on his home turf in Harlem New York that the feelings that he suppressed so successfully at Exeter came out in the open. Officer Van Hotton, as the evidence showed, in no way incited Eddie as well as Jason, who in fact was later found innocent, to attack him to the point that he ended up hospitalized with a brain concussion! It in fact was what Eddie thought, in him and Jason planning to mug him, what Van Hotton thought not did to him that set the young man off! And with that Eddie Perry not only had himself killed but also all the hopes and dreams that he his family and friends had for him as well.

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