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The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999)

An account of early 1970s social activist Ira Einhorn, who murdered his girlfriend and then fled the country.

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William A. Graham

Writers:

Steven Levy (book), Bruce Graham (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Anderson ... Ira Einhorn
Tom Skerritt ... Fred Maddux
Naomi Watts ... Holly Maddux
Kellie Overbey ... Meg Maddux
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Det. Newhouse (as Ruben Santiago Hudson)
Brian Kerwin ... Saul Lapidus
Josef Sommer ... Corporate Man
William G. Schilling ... Robert Stevens
Albert Schultz ... Lucas Rothman
Mimi Kuzyk ... Barbra Bronfman
Gregory Itzin ... Arlen Specter
Rosemary Murphy ... Bea Einhorn
Bill MacDonald Bill MacDonald ... Police Lieutenant
Martin Donovan ... Richard DiBenedetto
Wanda Cannon ... Liz Maddux
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Fact-based story about Ira Einhorn, a 70's peace-nik who is generally credited as one of the founders of Earth Day. In the late 60's and early 70's, Ira lived with Holly Maddux. But when she tries to leave him in 1977, she suddenly disappears. Later her body is discovered in a trunk in Einhorn's apartment. Let out on bail, Einhorn flees from the country and manages to elude authorities for years. Meanwhile he is convicted in absentia and sentenced to prison. Holly's father is determined to see his daughter's murderer brought to justice and has him tracked and is eventually caught in France in 1997. Martin Donovan appears as the assistant D.A. who put the case together. Today, Einhorn is now appealing his conviction. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Thriller | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asasinul-unicorn See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Kim Poirier played a girl who had an affair with Ira Einhorn however her scenes were deleted. See more »

Soundtracks

Amazing Grace
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Written by John Newton
Performed by Kevin Anderson
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What happens when good girl falls for bad boy
23 February 2002 | by sydneypatrickSee all my reviews

If you're looking to dissuade your daughters from the fella she adores but you think little of, have her sit through this. Ira Einhorn was a celebrity of the peace / earth movements of the 60s and 70s. Extremely well respected, his peacenik persona cloaked a darker side that hated women and thought very little of anything other than himself and his personal causes. When his long-time girlfriend Holly Maddux decides to leave him, she disappears and eighteen months later her decomposed body is found in a locked trunk in his apartment. Through it all, Ira maintains his innocence, doing his best to convince the world that the American Government set him up, that Holly's murder was done to 'embarrass' him. Out on bail, he flees the country and lives at large in the UK until being caught in the late 90s in France. The French, however, knowing he has been convicted in absentia of Holly's murder and faces life in prison without parole once returned to the US, refuses to extradict him. Apparently, a higher court overturned this decision and he is currently appealing a later order to be sent back. Kevin Anderson and Naomi Watts are superb as the leads; he gives you the shivers as he unveils the layers of a clearly narcissistic sociopath and she, simply, breaks your heart. How many promising young women have you known who fall victim to their own lack of identity and the whims of an abusive lover? Filmed as a tv miniseries, this is a three and a half hour vehicle for victim's rights. While the first half of this is used to set up Ira and Holly's dysfunctional relationship, the perspective of Holly's family, and the anguish they go through in trying to bring their daughter's murderer to justice, takes precedence in the second half. If the evidence weren't so damning against Ira Einhorn, this would be just another manipulative movie of the week (however well acted). As it is, it leaves the viewer haunted by the possibilities of a life brutally extinguished and infuriated by the fact that justice is continually skirted by the one person responsible for the crime.


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