A Death in California

A Death in California

Cheryl Ladd
Director: Delbert Mann Cast: Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd
, Sam Elliott
Sam Elliott
, Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith
Delbert Mann

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Adapted from a book by Joan Barthel, A Death in California is a harrowing two-part TV movie based on fact. Cheryl Ladd plays Hope Masters, a wealthy Beverly Hills woman who is forced to watch in mute horror as a criminal sociopath (Sam Elliot) murders her boyfriend (Granville Van Dusen). She is kidnapped by the killer and forced to accompany him on a long and grueling getaway trip. Despite repeated sexual assaults, Hope forms something of a bond with her kidnapper. He allows her to go free, but Hope's ordeal is far from over; when the killer is recaptured, both he and Hope are put on trial for murder. Despite the tawdry nature of the tale, Death in California is handled with taste and tact, allowing the weirder aspects of the case to speak for themselves.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/2010
UPC: 0883316228913
Original Release: 1985
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 3:08:00
Sales rank: 23,926

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cheryl Ladd Hope Masters
Sam Elliott Jordan William
Alexis Smith Honey Niven
Chad Allen Actor
Don Dubbins Actor
Granville van Dusen Richard Morgan
John Ashton Detective Bo Swalwell
Barry Corbin Heusdens
Jim Haynie Dob Fowler
Kerrie Keane Shannon Foley
Fritz Weaver Hope's Stepfather
George Wyner Joe Haley
William Lucking Actor

Technical Credits
Delbert Mann Director
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
John Cacavas Score Composer
E. Jack Neuman Screenwriter
Richard L. O'Connor Producer

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