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Verdict in Blood (2002)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 27 May 2002
Widowed Joanne Kilbourn is an ex-police officer, whose deceased husband Ian was the Ontario provincial Attorney General when he was murdered. His murder was eventually solved six years ... See full summary »

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Stephen Williams

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Gail Bowen (novel), Carol Hay (Story Editor) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Crewson ... Joanne Kilbourn
Shawn Doyle ... Alex Emanuel
Sally Kellerman ... Judge Marcia Blackwell
Robert Davi ... Wade Waters
Kristin Lehman ... Shannon Blackwell
Reagan Pasternak ... Lucy Blackwell
Ken James Ken James ... Ernest Klassen
Angela Gei Angela Gei ... Dianne Klassen
Callahan Connor Callahan Connor ... Angus Kilbourn
Natasha La Force Natasha La Force ... Taylor Kilbourn
Pamela Wallin Pamela Wallin ... Herself
Alex Campbell Alex Campbell ... Eli Rollins
Diego Chambers Diego Chambers ... Wolf
Zachary Bennett ... Zack
Jean Yoon ... Officer Lau
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Widowed Joanne Kilbourn is an ex-police officer, whose deceased husband Ian was the Ontario provincial Attorney General when he was murdered. His murder was eventually solved six years after the incident. After a stint as a criminology professor, Joanne now works as the criminal and justice expert for a local television news show. Her latest assignment is do an in-depth story on Judge Marcia Blackwell, who used to be known for delivering harsh sentences, but as of late has been more compassionate in sentencing the convicted. After an off the record comment to Joanne that she is taking early retirement, Judge Blackwell is found murdered in her home, she bludgeoned on the head. Joanne's story turns to Judge Blackwell's murder, Joanne working alongside the chief police investigator, Detective Alex Emanuel. Joanne and Alex find that there are many potential suspects, including an ex-con who Judge Blackwell sentenced years earlier and with who she later had a very close association, a ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Les liens du sang See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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we all have good and bad in us, but some have more bad than others
23 August 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Wendy Crewson is Joanne Kilbourn in "Verdict in Blood," based on one of the Joanne Kilbourn series of books. Robert Davi and Sally Kellerman also star.

Widowed, ex-police officer Joanne Kilbourn is now a crime expert for a TV news show. Currently she's working on the profile of Judge Marcia Blackwell (Kellerman). Once known for being tough on the bench, she recently gave two years' probation to a drug addict who had thrown a woman through a closed window. On her way out of the courtroom, she tells Joanne that she's taking early retirement.

The next day, Detective Alex Emanuel (Shawn Doyle) summons Joanne to the judge's home. She's been murdered. And there are lots of suspects. Her will has virtually cut off her two daughters and given all her money to a rehabilitation organization for drug users; she is letting a drug addict live in her coach house; the husband of the woman thrown through the window resents her and drove to her house that evening; she was seen fighting with the head of the rehab center (Davi) that evening; and her lawyer may have been blackmailing her. Joanne also uncovers child abuse and the distasteful way that Blackwell's now-institutionalized husband made his money.

Actually this isn't bad for a Canadian-produced book adaptation. It's definitely better than the Mary Higgins Clark adaptations. I like Wendy Crewson; in fact, this cast seemed above average overall.


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