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Death in Small Doses (1995)

Directed by: Sondra Locke
Written by: Scott Swanton
Starring: Gary Frank, Tess Harper, Richard Thomas
Links: Death in Small Doses on the IMDb
Genre: Based on True Story

This movie gets: 2.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"If only the doses were larger, I'd be dead quicker" - a review by pearly

Sometimes, I don't know why I do it. I watched Death in Small Doses whilst putting away the washing and generally cleaning the bedroom. And believe me, putting away the washing was more exciting and interesting than this heap of crap. Oooh, figuring out which sock goes with which other sock! Fun!

The film is supposedly based a on true story, though the words "based on" have probably never rung more true. It read like a washed-up thriller: the wife is killed, and the family suspect the no-good husband, but he manages to get away with it, etc. etc. Someone definitely put on their big kicker boots when they clomped out this script.

There really is nothing of merit to speak of here. The most notable thing about Richard Thomas, who plays the husband of the murdered woman (who was poisoned over a period of time, hence the title), is the mole on his face. Tess Harper plays the southern law enforcement officer who at first appears not to be able to handle the case, but who later proves herself: all very stereotypical. And Gary Frank, who plays the most prominent member of Nancy's immediate family, just gets mad at everyone and hopes no-one will notice that this is the extent of his time on screen.

Will I ever learn? No, re-reading my review of See Jane Run (1995) tells me that I won't.

pearly gives this movie 2 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 26 Jul 2004

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