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In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (1994)

After a very messy divorce, a man starts suspecting his ex-wife and her new boyfriend of various crimes.

Director:

Jeff Bleckner

Writers:

Jerry Bledsoe (book), Robert L. Freedman (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly McGillis ... Susie Lynch
Harry Hamlin ... Fritz Klenner
Keith Carradine ... Tom Lynch
Holland Taylor ... Florence Newsom
Jayne Brook ... Kathy
Ken Jenkins ... Bob Newsom
Elizabeth Wilson ... Annie Klenner
Louise Latham ... Delores Lynch
Wayne Tippit ... Dan Donaldson
Tom Aldredge ... Dr. Frederick Klenner
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Nanna Newsom
Marian Seldes ... Justice Susie Sharp
Nick Searcy ... Brian Butler
Tristan Tait Tristan Tait ... Ian Perkins
Colleen Flynn ... Jamie Leary
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This movie is based on real people and events surrounding a divorcee who becomes involved in a romantic relationship with her first cousin. This southern belle's bitter divorce and relationship with her quirky cousin result in horrific tragedy for many innocent people. Written by anitap-hill

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bitter Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Actress Jill Wagner was born and raised in Winston-Salem north Carolina where all of the events take place See more »

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Not the best tv movie, but based on true events
29 January 2003 | by FrodoFan35See all my reviews

As many tv movies go, this two-part mini-series could sometimes be weak in the writing and acting departments, but still held a fascination because a) the events are true, and b) the climax took place just a few miles from my parents' house. In fact, I was acquainted with a relative of one of the families involved.

Some have commented on the lack of plausibility of the story, but the movie stayed true to the actual events for the most part. In fact, it even left out some factual details that did not seem implausible, but real life is often stranger than fiction. (I recommend reading Jerry Bledsoe's book "Bitter Blood," where the entire story will blow you away. The movie is based on this book.)

Regardless of the weak nature of a tv movie-of-the-week, including the disruptions for commercials when I first saw it broadcast over two nights, the series of tragedies that unfolded were still heart-wrenching and made my pulse race. If you can get past those usual weaknesses, you will find an amazing true story of a strange couple who, when put together, seemed to lose all perspective on reality and unleashed a diabolical plot to retain full custody of the woman's two little boys from a previous marriage. If the movie is available for rental, it's probably worth checking out, but not as light-hearted viewing.


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