A Death In California (2-Disc)
The fact-based A Death in California locks a heartbreakingly vulnerable woman, a manipulative killer and viewers in a bizarre dance of crime, punishment and death.
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 3 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 19, 2010
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Sam Elliott, Alexis Smith, Granville Van Dusen, Cheryl Ladd, Fritz Weaver & John Ashton|
|Directed by||Delbert Mann|
|Screenwriting by||E. Jack Neuman|
|Composition by||John Cacavas|
|Director of Photography:||Joseph F. Biroc|
Description by OLDIES.com:
A vicious psychopath murders your fiance, then rapes you. Do you call the cops, fight back, run like hell? Or do you bond with your tormentor? Events that plunge emotionally fragile Hope Masters (Cheryl Ladd) into a living nightmare become more monstrous when, frightened into believing the twisted, self-serving tale her attacker (Sam Elliott) weaves, she comes to view him as a hero. She trusts him, depends on him, lets him become part of her life. And Hope lies for him - a lie that leads to her arrest and trial for her fiance's murder. The fact-based A Death in California locks a heartbreakingly vulnerable woman, a manipulative killer and viewers in a bizarre dance of crime, punishment and death.
Adapted from a book by Joan Barthel, A DEATH IN CALIFORNIA is a harrowing two-part TV movie based on fact. Cheryl Ladd plays Hope Masters, a wealthy Beverly Hills woman who is forced to watch in mute horror as a criminal sociopath (Sam Elliot) murders her boyfriend (Granville Van Dusen). She is kidnapped by the killer and forced to accompany him on a long and grueling getaway trip. Despite repeated sexual assaults, Hope forms something of a bond with her kidnapper. He allows her to go free, but Hope's ordeal is far from over; when the killer is recaptured, both he and Hope are put on trial for murder. Despite the tawdry nature of the tale, DEATH IN CALIFORNIA is handled with taste and tact, allowing the weirder aspects of the case to speak for themselves.