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Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story (1999)

Fact-based story about a Bible-quoting woman who in 1990 murdered a camp counselor, whom she learned molested her 7 year old son. Seeking revenge, she turns to murder when she learns the ... See full summary »

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Stephen Tolkin

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Stephen Tolkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Lahti ... Ellie Nesler
Mary Kay Place ... Jan Martinez
Andrew Ducote Andrew Ducote ... Brandon Nesler
Robert Bockstael ... Daniel Driver
John Bourgeois ... Jack Griffin
Diana Reis ... Jo Graves
David Hemblen ... Judge Polley
Barry Corbin ... Tony Serra
Ralph Small Ralph Small ... District Attorney
Lillian Cummings Lillian Cummings ... Becky Nesler
Bruce Clayton ... Preacher
Geoffrey Bowes Geoffrey Bowes ... Probation Officer
Kevin Hicks Kevin Hicks ... Defense Psychiatrist
Elva Mai Hoover ... Driver's Mother
Aidan Devine ... Brandon's Father
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Fact-based story about a Bible-quoting woman who in 1990 murdered a camp counselor, whom she learned molested her 7 year old son. Seeking revenge, she turns to murder when she learns the man had previously been convicted of the same crime in 1983 and got off with probation. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Truth, liberty and justice for all. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coupable d'amour See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In 2002 Nesler was convicted of possession and supply of methamphetamine and served 4 years of a six year sentence. She died of breast cancer aged 56 on 30th December 2008. Her son Brandon had a troubled later life and in 2005, aged 23, he was convicted of murdering a neighbour (who cleaned their house) by beating him to death, on the very same day he had been released from a 30 day sentence for a previous attack on the same man. He was sentenced to 25 years to life and will not be eligible for parole until 2030 at the earliest , when he will be 48 years old. See more »

Goofs

Ellie Nesler is handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car. Once inside the car she attempts to hug her son and raises her left arm showing she is not handcuffed. See more »

Quotes

Probation Officer: [to Ellie] If you tell anybody this, I'll kill you, but you're my hero.
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YOU KNOW HIS NAME
Words and Music by Stephen Tolkin
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Unsettling
11 November 1999 | by teadmSee all my reviews

Even though this is a good film (I gave it a 7), it's hard to find any likeable characters in it, and except for the kid, there's almost no one to root for in this story. I'm not sure if the film is asking sympathy for the mother (which it seemed to, at times) or trying to present all the facts and let the viewers make up their minds. What I'm sure of is that the people at both ends of the story were equally reprehensible and mentally unbalanced (both are into religion, take note). The mob mentality during the trial is disturbing, and it shows that sometimes in our blind search for justice, we may become as terrifying as the criminal himself.


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