Nbc Monday Night at the Movies Deadly Family Secrets

When Martha meets Linda's husband, Eddie, he is of course, the murderer. Martha keeps mum. Seems ex-con Eddie works for land developer Potter (Barry Corbin), who owns just about everything, including a nasty set of manners. Potter wanted the dead man's land.

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Cast: Loni Anderson, Gigi Rice, Greg Evigan, Barry Corbin, William Converse Roberts, Anjanette Comer, Michael Crabtree, Blue Deckert, Joe Stevens, Dell Aldrich, Jack Burns, Ashley Coe, Lauren Erdelt, Cameron Finley, Sean McGraw, Renee Olstead, Benjamin Pascoe, Lidia Porto, Bobby Sargent, Jeff Schwan, Steve Shearer, Tim Simek. Loni Anderson turns up in the type of vidpic that gives TV movies a bad name, when she skims over the role of a sophisticated single woman who goes home to a Texas burg under the control of rednecks. Souped up with killings, attempted rape, kidnapping, blackmail, a rattlesnake, bombings, the town boss and other traditional small-town secrets, Brian Taggert's formula meller directed suspenselessly by Richard T. Heffron lags from pillar to post.

When Martha meets Linda’s husband, Eddie, he is of course, the murderer. Martha keeps mum. Seems ex-con Eddie works for land developer Potter (Barry Corbin), who owns just about everything, including a nasty set of manners. Potter wanted the dead man’s land.

Martha spins into a whirlwind of activity, finally tells an unbelieving Linda what Eddie did, and gets herself into hot water. Then, she’s suddenly chummy with the DA (William Converse Roberts).

All this lumbers by without conviction. Anderson’s thesping is earnest surface stuff. Rice and Greg Evigan make good stabs at their roles. Corbin looks intense, and Roberts ambles amiably through the DA part.

Tech credits are OK; only the trashy, overly familiar plot gets in the way.

Nbc Monday Night at the Movies Deadly Family Secrets

(Mon. (4), 9-11 p.m., NBC)

Production: Filmed in Austin, Texas, by Michael Filerman Prods. Exec producer, Michael Filerman; producers, Dennis Murphy, Jack H. Degelia; co-producer, Tom Fortuna; director, Richard T. Heffron; writer, Brian Taggert; based on the novel "Vinegar Hill" by Franklin Coen; camera, Stevan Larner; editor, Christopher Nelson; art director, Adele Plauche; sound, Pud Cusack; music, Nan Schwartz Michkin; production designer, John Frick. #Cast: Loni Anderson, Gigi Rice, Greg Evigan, Barry Corbin, William Converse Roberts, Anjanette Comer, Michael Crabtree, Blue Deckert, Joe Stevens, Dell Aldrich, Jack Burns, Ashley Coe, Lauren Erdelt, Cameron Finley, Sean McGraw, Renee Olstead, Benjamin Pascoe, Lidia Porto, Bobby Sargent, Jeff Schwan, Steve Shearer, Tim Simek. Loni Anderson turns up in the type of vidpic that gives TV movies a bad name, when she skims over the role of a sophisticated single woman who goes home to a Texas burg under the control of rednecks. Souped up with killings, attempted rape, kidnapping, blackmail, a rattlesnake, bombings, the town boss and other traditional small-town secrets, Brian Taggert's formula meller directed suspenselessly by Richard T. Heffron lags from pillar to post. Martha arrives in Rocky Valley in a miniskirted, bare-shouldered outfit to visit sister Linda (Gigi Rice), whom she hasn't seen in 15 years. Stepping off the train, she bumps into a masked gang beating up a man; one of them, after killing the man, lifts his mask.

Crew: Camera, Stevan Larner; editor, Christopher Nelson; art director, Adele Plauche; sound, Pud Cusack; music, Nan Schwartz Michkin; production designer, John Frick.

Cast: Cast: Loni Anderson, Gigi Rice, Greg Evigan, Barry Corbin, William Converse Roberts, Anjanette Comer, Michael Crabtree, Blue Deckert, Joe Stevens, Dell Aldrich, Jack Burns, Ashley Coe, Lauren Erdelt, Cameron Finley, Sean McGraw, Renee Olstead, Benjamin Pascoe, Lidia Porto, Bobby Sargent, Jeff Schwan, Steve Shearer, Tim Simek. Loni Anderson turns up in the type of vidpic that gives TV movies a bad name, when she skims over the role of a sophisticated single woman who goes home to a Texas burg under the control of rednecks. Souped up with killings, attempted rape, kidnapping, blackmail, a rattlesnake, bombings, the town boss and other traditional small-town secrets, Brian Taggert's formula meller directed suspenselessly by Richard T. Heffron lags from pillar to post.

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