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A Killing Spring (2002)

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Widowed Joanne Kilbourn is an ex-police officer, whose deceased husband Ian was the Ontario provincial Attorney General when he was murdered. His murder was eventually solved six years ... See full summary »


Stephen Williams


Gail Bowen (novel), Carol Hay (Story Editor) | 3 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Crewson ... Joanne Kilbourn
Shawn Doyle ... Detective Alex Emanuel
Michael Ontkean ... Tom Keaton
Zachery Ty Bryan ... Val Massey
Sherry Miller ... Lisa Gallagher
John Furey ... Reed Gallagher
Bruce Gray Bruce Gray ... Ed Kramer
Kim Schraner ... Kelly Savage
Kris Holden-Ried ... Karl Hrynluk (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Jocelyn Snowdon Jocelyn Snowdon ... Emma Chavez
Callahan Connor Callahan Connor ... Angus Kilbourn
Natasha La Force Natasha La Force ... Taylor Kilbourn
Zachary Bennett ... Zack
Pamela Wallin Pamela Wallin ... Herself
Jean Yoon ... Officer Lau


Widowed Joanne Kilbourn is an ex-police officer, whose deceased husband Ian was the Ontario provincial Attorney General when he was murdered. His murder was eventually solved six years after the incident. After a stint as a criminology professor, Joanne now works as the criminal and justice expert for a local television news show, and as a college professor of journalism. Her private life is going well as she has just started dating Tom Keaton, her famous journalism school colleague who has just released his second popular non-fiction book stemming from an incident when two troubled youths terrorized him. Joanne's world is turned upside down when the School of Journalism's Dean, Reed Gallagher, is found dead in a seedy motel room with a pair of pantyhose tied around his neck. Initially, the death is thought to be accidental auto-erotic asphyxiation. But, the police, led by Detective Alex Emanuel, do eventually believe his death to be murder. Alex doesn't like that ex-police officer ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

29 January 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Copie non conforme See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Filming by numbers
14 July 2003 | by n-h-longSee all my reviews

This film marks an attempt to revive the flagging 'Joanna Kilbourn Mysteries' series, but simply adding more action and taking out some of the talking is not really enough. Wendy Crewson is as good as ever, and actually gets to show a more physical side, but the lack of Victor Garber as a foil weakens the Kilbourn-Police up-down relationship. New-boy Shawn Doyle does not have enough presence to convince as a replacement, and looks uncomfortable for much of the film.

Unlike so many 'mystery' movies there is a genuine chance for the viewer to try and participate in the detection process, but the final revelations still seem to have come from nowhere. The biggest problem is pacing. The whole thing feels like filming by numbers - there are few genuine changes of pace, and after 85 minutes you begin to feel that you have not really been entertained or engaged. The only real moment that makes you sit up is well done, but somehow even then lacking in real 'shock'. That said, the direction IS somewhat tighter than previous episodes, and the dialogue has more 'bite', but it is still too two-dimensional to grip the viewer. At least we do not spend half the movie watching Ms Crewson drive up or drive off - a pleasant change after the earlier episodes. ... and by the way, are the Toronto Police really -that- incompetent?

A personal recommendation - watch the six films in the correct sequence and they make more sense!

3 stars out of 5

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