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Killing for Love (2016)

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The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The Haysoms were wealthy, respected members of Virginia society, and the murder conviction of ... See full summary »

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Marcus Vetter, Karin Steinberger (co-director)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Imogen Poots ... Elizabeth Haysom (voice)
Daniel Brühl ... Jens Söring (voice)
Jens Söring ... Himself
Chuck Reid Chuck Reid ... Himself - Former Investigator Bedford County Sheriff's Department
Ricky Gardner Ricky Gardner ... Himself - Lead investigator Bedford County Sheriff's Department
Suzanne Peniche Suzanne Peniche ... Herself
John Peniche John Peniche ... Himself
Carlos Santos Carlos Santos ... Himself - Journalist
Rich Zorn Rich Zorn ... Himself - Former Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General (as Richard Zorn)
Gail Marshall Gail Marshall ... Herself - Soering attorney, former Deputy Attorney General of Virginia
Tom Elliott Tom Elliott ... Himself - Catholic Deacon and Chaplain (as Tom B. Elliott)
Dave Watson Dave Watson ... Himself - Private Investigator
Gail Ball Gail Ball ... Herself - Jens Söring's Lawyer
Steven Rosenfield Steven Rosenfield ... Himself, Jens Soering's lead attorney
William Sweeney William Sweeney ... Himself - Judge (as Judge William Sweeney)
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Storyline

The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The Haysoms were wealthy, respected members of Virginia society, and the murder conviction of their daughter Elizabeth and her German boyfriend Jens Soering sent shock waves through the rural community of Bedford County. Elizabeth and Jens had met in a university program for high achieving students. She was a product of European boarding schools, he was the son of a diplomat. After being arrested in London, England, for passing bad checks in 1986, they were both extradited to the United States and have now spent over 30 years behind bars. This beautifully crafted film reveals a mismanaged, or perhaps completely corrupted, judicial process. This was the first criminal trial held in front of TV cameras - the first high-profile, international case tried in a small town. Investigations over the past 3 years have turned up stunning evidence that was previously suppressed or deemed inadmissible. ...

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Certificate:

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Germany | Denmark | UK | Sweden | Netherlands

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

EUR600,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Jens Söring: I felt like the hero in Charles Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities", who gave his life for love.
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A persuasive argument for reasonable doubt
31 December 2017 | by whitneylifexSee all my reviews

If you're a fan of true-crime documentaries like "Making A Murder," the "Paradise Lost" films, and "The Thin Blue Line," this film is for you. Like those films, this one allows you to sit watching as judge & jury, looking at a case through the prism of time, to see if the verdict was just. I believe, like those films, that this one lays out a persuasive argument for reasonable doubt which is no small thing. After all, it is a fact that innocent people end up in prison. Luckily, on occasion, the system corrects itself, as we read every few months when someone is exonerated by DNA. For that to happen, though, people need to care and that is why I recommend watching this film. Every voice counts.


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