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Murder in the Heartland 

A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Randy Quaid ...  Elmer Scheele 2 episodes, 1993
Roberts Blossom ...  Gus Meyer 2 episodes, 1993
Tom Bower ...  Marion Bartlett 2 episodes, 1993
Rondi Reed ...  Jonette Fox 2 episodes, 1993
Bob Gunton ...  Governor Anderson 2 episodes, 1993
Ryan Cutrona ...  C. Lauer Ward 2 episodes, 1993
Angie Bolling ...  Clara Ward 2 episodes, 1993
Jake Carpenter ...  Robert Jensen 2 episodes, 1993
Heather Kafka ...  Carol King 2 episodes, 1993
Don Bloomfield Don Bloomfield ...  Bobby Colvert 2 episodes, 1993
John Hussey John Hussey ...  Mr. Jensen (1993) 2 episodes, 1993
James Hansen Prince ...  Deputy Sheriff Bill Romer 2 episodes, 1993
John S. Davies ...  Merle Karnopp 2 episodes, 1993
Mark Walters Mark Walters ...  Chief Robert Ainslie 2 episodes, 1993
Jennifer Griffin ...  Velda Bartlett 2 episodes, 1993
Milo O'Shea ...  Clem Gaughan 2 episodes, 1993
Gerry Bamman ...  Judge Brooks 2 episodes, 1993
Jeff Perry ...  Earl Heflin 2 episodes, 1993
Connie Cooper ...  Hazel Heflin 2 episodes, 1993
Fairuza Balk ...  Caril Ann Fugate 2 episodes, 1993
Brian Dennehy ...  John McArthur 2 episodes, 1993
Kate Reid ...  Pansy Street 2 episodes, 1993
Tim Roth ...  Charles Starkweather 2 episodes, 1993
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A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree.

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Drama | Thriller

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USA

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English

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1993 (USA) See more »

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Starkweather: Murder in the Heartland See more »

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McKinney, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Spellbinding performance by Tim Roth in a disturbing film
15 January 2001 | by jminerSee all my reviews

Why anybody would want to retell the story of Charles Starkweather so many years after the events that made him notorious is beyond my comprehension.

Perhaps it was just meant to be a character study: Tim Roth dominates the entire show as a passionate, capricious, and utterly fascinating Starkweather.

The film disturbs me because I doubt that the real Starkweather was so interesting. Contemporary accounts suggest he was a sociopath unable to calibrate his responses to all those negative situations of life: envy, frustration, depression. The director has done a great job; the question is, why.

While this film is not well known compared with Pulp Fiction, even Rob Roy, Roth's performance is spellbinding - at least as good as his role in Reservoir Dogs.

It deserves to be seen, as a landmark of late 20th century, one of the really great performances by an actor, rather than a star turn by an overhyped PR product.


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