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A Slight Case of Murder

TV-14 1999 1h 34m Mystery & Thriller Comedy List
Reviews 67% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
In the midst of a spat, film critic Terry Thorpe (William H. Macy) accidentally kills his lover. Though Thorpe covers his tracks, he raises the suspicions of a private investigator (James Cromwell), who then tries to blackmail him. Thorpe also falls under the watchful eye of Detective Fred Stapelli (Adam Arkin), a cop who is intent on becoming a screenwriter. Before long, Thorpe's girlfriend, Kit (Felicity Huffman), and Stapelli's wife, Patricia (Julia Campbell), are roped into the case. Read More Read Less

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Scott Weinberg DVDTalk.com Macy, Arkin, Huffman, and Cromwell are clearly having a good time with this amiable little farce noir. Fortunately they're able to transfer much of that fun over to the viewer. Rated: 3.5/5 Sep 20, 2006 Full Review John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis ...a comedy-thriller that is really pretty nifty, with a topflight cast by television standards. Rated: 6/10 Sep 18, 2006 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Rated: 4/5 Sep 2, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member A very entertaining William H Macy movie. Could be one of his least known performances, but definitely among his best. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Every so often a little gem of a movie comes along and surprises me. This brilliant film is one. William H Macy makes this film his own as his superb asides to the camera are truly funny and well done. His complete lack of ethics do not bother the viewer as he robs banks, kills people and bangs a cops wife. You know it cannot end well but you don't care because you are having so much fun watching this excellent film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member well plotted, well portrayed...fun Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member This is Macey at his best in a comedic role. The scripting and dialogue are likewise tops. The play within a play format adds to the fun as Macey addresses the audience while his life falls apart. If you like murder, mayhem, sleazy characters, and smart cops, all wrapped up in a funny movie, you will love this gem. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member William H. Macy makes every film he is in better. As usual, he is terrific. Good story, amusing and always interesting. It can't quite escape it's television roots, which for me is a negative thing for a film, but it is entertaining. ?he supporting cast is fine, but it's Macy's film all the way. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member 65/100. William H. Macy makes every film he is in better. As usual, he is terrific. Good story, amusing and always interesting. It can't quite escape it's television roots, which for me is a negative thing for a film, but it is entertaining. †he supporting cast is fine, but it's Macy's film all the way. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In the midst of a spat, film critic Terry Thorpe (William H. Macy) accidentally kills his lover. Though Thorpe covers his tracks, he raises the suspicions of a private investigator (James Cromwell), who then tries to blackmail him. Thorpe also falls under the watchful eye of Detective Fred Stapelli (Adam Arkin), a cop who is intent on becoming a screenwriter. Before long, Thorpe's girlfriend, Kit (Felicity Huffman), and Stapelli's wife, Patricia (Julia Campbell), are roped into the case.
Director
Steven Schachter
Producer
Mitch Engel
Screenwriter
Steven Schachter, William H. Macy
Production Co
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Rating
TV-14 (L|V)
Genre
Mystery & Thriller, Comedy
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 34m