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A Little Thing Called Murder (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 23 January 2006
Based on the true story of mother/son tag-team Sante Kimes and her offspring, Kenny, who crisscrossed the country and committed a string of crimes, among them robbery, fraud, arson, slavery, and murders that shocked the world.



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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Sante Kimes
Kenny Kimes
Ken Sr.
Beverly Bates
Young Kenny Kimes (as Jake Smith)
Lt. Harold Evans
Matthew Weissman
Bill Meilen ...
Mel Sachs
Brent King ...
Kent Walker
Kenny at 11 / 12 yrs.
Allison Hossack ...
Prosecutor Eleanor Hunt
Journalist (as Tiffany Knight)
Doris Chillcott ...
Irene Silverman


Sante Kimes found a rich man, Ken, but he wasn't dumb enough to marry her. So her son Kenny Jr. isn't co-heir with his step-siblings. However the boy is made her accomplice in an endless series of shameless crimes, from shoplifting to elaborate scams. After her four year jail term, Kenny is unable to escape her clasp again. When his father dies, he's dragged along throughout the US as an 'enforcer' for even more daring crimes, as she's determined to avoid jail - by murdering dangerous witnesses. Written by KGF Vissers

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Mother. Son. Mayhem.


Comedy | Drama


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23 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Dead End  »

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When Kenneth Kimes Sr has passed away in the car, he's visibly still breathing. See more »


References The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) See more »

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Starring Judy Garland as Sante Kimes...............
23 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I love Judy Davis in almost anything she does, and absolutely was blown away by her performance in "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" a few years ago. And while I wasn't sure if it was necessary to re-tell this story that was done in 2001 with Mary Tyler Moore called "Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes" which was not a bad TV movie, this version was done well enough that it is a different kind of movie.

And as much as I love Judy, I felt like I was watching Judy Garland do this role, sort of like she was channeling Judy Garland playing Sante Kimes. It was totally watchable though, even though knowing it's a true story (at least the facts of the story) make it all the more interesting to watch.

I should have taped it though (yes, I'm still in the VCR world occasionally,) because I cannot stand the incessant and never-ending commercials on Lifetime...

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