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Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie (1996)

A woman discovers that the accidental death of her daughter was tied to an insurance scam in this fact-based movie.

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Noel Nosseck
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Lipton ... Carol Mills
Danica McKellar ... Annie Mills Carman
Terry David Mulligan ... George Preston
Gwynyth Walsh ... Lydia Sawyer
Teryl Rothery ... Laura Kane
Lochlyn Munro ... Mickey Holloway
Martin Cummins ... Ken Carman
Mike Sims Mike Sims ... Gabriel Nickels (as Mike Simms)
Bruce Weitz ... Detective McAdams
Susan Ruttan ... Helen Preston
Aloka McLean ... Jane Mills
Brenda Crichlow ... Marianne
Richard Sali Richard Sali ... Terry Powell
Garry Chalk ... Detective Larson
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs ... Thomas Eberhardt
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A woman discovers that the accidental death of her daughter was tied to an insurance scam in this fact-based movie.

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The cops said accident. A mother says MURDER.

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Trivia

Based on the 1987 killing in Northern California of Deana Hubbard Wild by Virginia (Rearden) McGinnis (who was suspected of being a serial killer for insurance money) and her husband. See more »

Goofs

The flashback of the incident at the start of the film is not the same as the scene of the incident when shown later in the film. In the flashback, Annie says: It is absolutely gorgeous. And it cleared up! In the later scene, Annie says: It is absolutely gorgeous, to which Helen (referring to the weather) says: Looks like it's clearing up. This device may have been used to conceal the identities of Mr. and Mrs. Preston until the later scene and yet they can still be clearly seen several times throughout the flashback. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Annie Mills Carman: [referring to the scenery and then the weather] It is absolutely gorgeous. And it cleared up!
[Annie continues to climb towards her own demise with Mr. and Mrs. Preston]
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Connections

References The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952) See more »

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Also made as "Death Benefit" in 1997
30 August 2000 | by hawktwoSee all my reviews

I enjoyed both this movie and the 1997 one. I'm guessing the 1997 one is more of a documentary since the names of the lawyer and the evil mother are the same as in the book. The 1997 is 4 hours long on TV and focuses on the quest of the lawyer to find the truth. Carrie Snodgress plays the evil mother in Death Benefit. She is portrayed as a serial killer who not only has killed young girls for insurance, but has burned 5 homes for insurance, and killed her husband. Her sons are both in prison for murder. In the 1997 version, the daughter is barely seen beyond photographs taken right before the murder. This movie begins by explaining the troubled relationship between the mother and her murdered daughter.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Search for Justice See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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