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The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)

Wanda Holloway tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Jane Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Hunter ... Wanda Holloway
Beau Bridges ... Terry Harper
Swoosie Kurtz ... Marla Harper
Elizabeth Ruscio ... Verna Heath
Gregg Henry ... Tony Harper
Matt Frewer ... Troy McKinney
Eddie Jones ... C.D. Holloway
Frankie Ingrassia ... Shanna Harper
Gary Grubbs ... Detective Helton
Jack Kehler ... Sergeant F.E. Blackwell
Frederick Koehler ... Shane Harper
Megan Berwick Megan Berwick ... Amber Heath
Kathleen Marie Archer Kathleen Marie Archer ... Mother
Jana Arnold Jana Arnold ... Florine
Nelly Bly Nelly Bly ... Waitress
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Storyline

Wanda Holloway tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the chance to become a cheerleader. When the media get hold of the story, Wanda's trial turns into a media circus. Written by Rob Hartill

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She wanted to give her daughter the best shot at being a cheerleader... The things you do for your kids.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anyuci tutira megy See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie for the HBO network. See more »

Goofs

Wanda's voice on tape describes Verna's vehicle as a "1995 Grand Marquis." The film takes place in 1991. See more »

Quotes

Terry Harper: The truth is like iodine. It only helps if it hurts.
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Crazy Credits

credits end with "Finally, no spiders or cheerleaders were killed in the making of this movie" See more »


Soundtracks

Jesus Stands Beside Me
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Music by Lucy Simon
Sung by Al Dana
Arranged by Alex Shantzis
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Bold Satire with a killer performance by Hunter
15 November 2000 | by SwatchDogSee all my reviews

"Positively true Adventures..." takes a bold look into the life of an obsessive stage mother thus making it a successful satire. Holly Hunter gives a killer performance and is arguably one of the greatest female actors around today (see The Piano, Copycat and A Life less Ordinary for evidence). It's a shame this had to be a telemovie as a cinematic release would've guaranteed Holly an Oscar nom, but ah well.

Beau Bridges and Swoosie Kurts also give fantastic performances rounding out the talented cast.

Much like 1999's Drop Dead Gorgeous, this film is black to the point of extreme ebony and should appeal to most, but if you're into frigid sugar-coated films, I suggest you steer clear.

9/10


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