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The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999)

An account of early 1970s social activist Ira Einhorn, who murdered his girlfriend and then fled the country.

Director:

William A. Graham

Writers:

Steven Levy (book), Bruce Graham (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Anderson ... Ira Einhorn
Tom Skerritt ... Fred Maddux
Naomi Watts ... Holly Maddux
Kellie Overbey Kellie Overbey ... Meg Maddux
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Det. Newhouse (as Ruben Santiago Hudson)
Brian Kerwin ... Saul Lapidus
Josef Sommer ... Corporate Man
William G. Schilling ... Robert Stevens
Albert Schultz ... Lucas Rothman
Mimi Kuzyk ... Barbra Bronfman
Gregory Itzin ... Arlen Specter
Rosemary Murphy ... Bea Einhorn
Bill MacDonald Bill MacDonald ... Police Lieutenant
Martin Donovan ... Richard DiBenedetto
Wanda Cannon ... Liz Maddux
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Storyline

Fact-based story about Ira Einhorn, a 70's peace-nik who is generally credited as one of the founders of Earth Day. In the late 60's and early 70's, Ira lived with Holly Maddux. But when she tries to leave him in 1977, she suddenly disappears. Later her body is discovered in a trunk in Einhorn's apartment. Let out on bail, Einhorn flees from the country and manages to elude authorities for years. Meanwhile he is convicted in absentia and sentenced to prison. Holly's father is determined to see his daughter's murderer brought to justice and has him tracked and is eventually caught in France in 1997. Martin Donovan appears as the assistant D.A. who put the case together. Today, Einhorn is now appealing his conviction. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asasinul-unicorn See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Married couple Lucas and Sandra Rothman was played by real-life acting couple Susan Coyne and Albert Schultz. They have since divorced. See more »

Soundtracks

Magic Carpet Ride
(uncredited)
Written by John Kay and Rushton Moreve
Performed by Steppenwolf
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True fiction!?
4 May 2004 | by dillingSee all my reviews

After seeing this film and reading that it is a documentary soap based on a 'real case', I asked myself what understanding we have of truth in visual or textual narratives. My first intuition was that in this film there are clichees put together in a stereotype way to tell a story with a conservative political message. Just the counterpiece of the more commonly told (and likewise simplistic) liberal story of the suppressed girl from the province, old fashioned and educated with narrow-minded moralist principles who moves to a urban environment and develops unimagined qualities, gets famous, discovers sex etc. Even if the story told in the "Hunt for the Unicorn-Killer" is "true" in the sense that the director was inspired by an incident with structurally the same facts - the way it is told, is absolutely incredible. Neither of the characters really wins any depth. The motives of the girl to stay with her friend who humiliates her and the motives for the friend to murder her out of jealoucy - even if the film insinuates that he never loved her stay obscure. The question why an explained pacifist kills her girl friend is answered in a too simplistic way, if the film suggests he was only having his ideas to make himself interesting and to seduce girls. I think it is also problematic to make a piece of fiction and pretend it to be real keeping the real names of persons and places. People might no longer distinguish between what was the case and what was just invented to make the plot more interesting. I think truth in narratives is more about cases being representative (even if they are invented) and told in a way sophisticated enough to come close to the complexities of real life. I rate it 1 out of 10.


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