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Murder in the Heartland 

A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Randy Quaid ...  Elmer Scheele 2 episodes, 1993
Roberts Blossom ...  Gus Meyer 2 episodes, 1993
Tom Bower ...  Marion Bartlett 2 episodes, 1993
Rondi Reed ...  Jonette Fox 2 episodes, 1993
Bob Gunton ...  Governor Anderson 2 episodes, 1993
Ryan Cutrona ...  C. Lauer Ward 2 episodes, 1993
Angie Bolling ...  Clara Ward 2 episodes, 1993
Jake Carpenter ...  Robert Jensen 2 episodes, 1993
Heather Kafka ...  Carol King 2 episodes, 1993
Don Bloomfield Don Bloomfield ...  Bobby Colvert 2 episodes, 1993
John Hussey John Hussey ...  Mr. Jensen (1993) 2 episodes, 1993
James Hansen Prince ...  Deputy Sheriff Bill Romer 2 episodes, 1993
John S. Davies ...  Merle Karnopp 2 episodes, 1993
Mark Walters Mark Walters ...  Chief Robert Ainslie 2 episodes, 1993
Jennifer Griffin ...  Velda Bartlett 2 episodes, 1993
Milo O'Shea ...  Clem Gaughan 2 episodes, 1993
Gerry Bamman ...  Judge Brooks 2 episodes, 1993
Jeff Perry ...  Earl Heflin 2 episodes, 1993
Connie Cooper ...  Hazel Heflin 2 episodes, 1993
Fairuza Balk ...  Caril Ann Fugate 2 episodes, 1993
Brian Dennehy ...  John McArthur 2 episodes, 1993
Kate Reid ...  Pansy Street 2 episodes, 1993
Tim Roth ...  Charles Starkweather 2 episodes, 1993
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A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree.

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USA

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English

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1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Starkweather: Murder in the Heartland See more »

Filming Locations:

McKinney, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A true story based on events that took place in Lincoln Nebraska in the 1950's See more »

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Version of Starkweather (2004) See more »

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A film that is well-done and absorbing

It is a real shame this film is not available on home video, as I found it to be extremely well done and memorable. It is based on the notorious Charles Starkweather murder spree of the 1950s, and as a (more or less) true story, it automatically carries a certain level of fascination for afficionados of classic crime cases.

But this one has much more. It gives the viewer a sense of the complexities of the people involved. Starkweather's jailbait girlfriend, Caril Fugate (Fairuza Balk) comes across as oddly pathetic, the product a wretched home life. As such, she is credible and intriguing. She is docile and submissive but stubborn, as well. While not quite likeable, the viewer can feel some empathy toward her.

Starkweather, on the other hand, is a study in absolute amorality. His purposeless life unravels into madness on screen, with Fugate following, sometimes willingly sometimes out of fear or compulsion.

This is an intelligent film. Much is left to the imagination of the audience. It is a long movie, but absorbing. I recommend it highly.


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