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The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 4 December 2002
The lives of Escondido, California residents Cheryl and Stephen Crowe change one morning when they find their twelve year old daughter Stephanie Crowe stabbed to death in her bedroom. As ... See full summary »

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Alan Hines
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ally Sheedy ... Cheryl Crowe
Mark Rendall ... Michael Crowe
John Bourgeois ... Detective Claytor
Hannah Lochner ... Shannon Crowe
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Dorothy Sorenson
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Detective Baker
Chris Owens
Jonathan Whittaker
Michael Riley ... Stephen Crowe
Anna Mary Wilson Anna Mary Wilson ... Stephanie Crowe (as Anna Wilson)
Geoffrey Bowes Geoffrey Bowes
Christopher Behnisch Christopher Behnisch ... Richard Tuite
Karen Glave
Paulino Nunes ... Officer Gould
Jacqueline Pillon ... Officer Valinski
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The lives of Escondido, California residents Cheryl and Stephen Crowe change one morning when they find their twelve year old daughter Stephanie Crowe stabbed to death in her bedroom. As procedure dictates, the police take each member of the household away individually to be questioned, and the remaining children - fourteen year old Michael Crowe and adolescent Shannon Crowe - are taken into protective custody until Cheryl and Stephen can be cleared. The police end up placing much of their focus on the sullen Michael, who they question without counsel and without discussion with his parents. The tone of the police questioning is that they believe Michael did kill his sister, the police lying, harassing and coercing in the process. Under the barrage of questioning, Michael eventually confesses, as do two of his friends, both questioned under the same threatening tone. Cheryl and Stephen, who are finally made aware of the questioning and the confessions, enlist the help of sympathetic ... Written by Huggo

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The Police Were Not Looking For The Truth ... Just A Confession

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un coupable à tout prix See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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This dramatization is based on the factual documentary previously created for Court TV by co-writer/producer/directors Marc Wallace and Jonathan Greene. Their documentary, with same title, was awarded the Alfred I. duPont/Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism in January, 2002. See more »

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Mark Rendall's Performance
12 January 2007 | by terryolSee all my reviews

This is an outstanding performance with a full range of emotion and portrayal of a teen boy, from slightly surly to loving, from confusion through desperation, to damaged, toward recovery. It's all there from the opening scene through to almost the end. The scenes of the interrogation itself are among the most harrowing, and Mark is excellent. Make-up did good work here to show the physical toll, on his face. His body language was very good in these scenes. Later, the anguish of his experience is captured perfectly in the scene with his mother when she wants him to go to the video store with her.

This is a good little movie (congratulations Court TV) with strong performances by all of the cast, including the rather creepy portrayal of the detectives getting their way in the interviews.

But for me, Mark's work was splendid.


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