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Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story 

True crime story of a Wisconsin teacher's aide who hired teenaged students to murder her estranged husband.
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Series cast summary:
Ann-Margret ...  Diane Kay Borchardt 2 episodes, 1996
Peter Coyote ...  Ruben Borchardt 2 episodes, 1996
Leslie Hope ...  Claire Brown 2 episodes, 1996
Christian Campbell ...  Doug Vest 2 episodes, 1996
Hedy Burress ...  Brook Borchardt 2 episodes, 1996
Tobey Maguire ...  Chuck Borchardt 2 episodes, 1996
Freddy Rodríguez ...  Michael Maldonado 2 episodes, 1996
Cliff De Young ...  Det. Burstyn 2 episodes, 1996
Dean Norris ...  Detective Pike 2 episodes, 1996
Jonah Blechman ...  Josh Yanke 2 episodes, 1996
Tomas Arana 2 episodes, 1996
Kurt Fuller 2 episodes, 1996
Alanna Ubach ...  Shannon Johnson 2 episodes, 1996
Veronica Lauren ...  Regan Borchardt 2 episodes, 1996
Johnny Strong ...  Tim 2 episodes, 1996
Scott Michael Campbell ...  Cory 2 episodes, 1996
Aeryk Egan Aeryk Egan ...  Elgin 2 episodes, 1996
Andrew Kavovit ...  Jeb 2 episodes, 1996
Jamie Marsh Jamie Marsh ...  Jay 2 episodes, 1996
Angela Paton ...  Joan 2 episodes, 1996
George Wallace ...  Tom 2 episodes, 1996
Thomas Charles Simmons Thomas Charles Simmons ...  Cal Orin 2 episodes, 1996
Cordelia Richards Cordelia Richards ...  Sally 2 episodes, 1996
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ...  Barb 2 episodes, 1996
Charles Boswell ...  Steve 2 episodes, 1996
Belinda Balaski ...  Principal 2 episodes, 1996
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Storyline

Based roughly on real-life events, this tv-movie recounts the story of a Wisconsin teacher's aide convicted of hiring teen students first to spy on her cheating husband and later to kill him. The film begins with the murder then traces in flashback the events leading up to it, followed by the subsequent police investigation leading to arrests and eventual criminal convictions of both Borchardt and the teens. Written by Kay-22

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Thriller | Drama | Crime

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Rated R for a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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Seduced by Madness See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Title parodied in '30 Rock' with a movie titled "Kidnapped by Danger: the Avery Jessup Story" See more »

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[first lines]
Diane Kay Borchardt: [voice-over] The front door will be unlocked. Then on your right is a gun cabinet. You take the shotgun and you walk down the stairs, to the basement where he sleeps. And you do it. You turn around and walk up the stairs, and you toss a few things around to make believe it was a robbery. And then you leave. It's so easy.
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References To Die For (1995) See more »

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Ann-Margret Shines
26 November 2005 | by ijonesiiiSee all my reviews

Ann-Margaret really got a chance to strut her stuff as an actress in this riveting TV movie about a seductive temptress/schoolteacher who convinces three or her students to murder her husband by claiming he was abusive to her when actually she was the abusive one. Ann-Margaret completely loses herself in this complex and unsympathetic character whose true story is the stuff that movies of the week are made of and Ann-Margaret pulls it off beautifully and effortlessly makes Diane the woman you love to hate. Peter Coyote, an actor who has often been overshadowed by the actresses he has worked with, manages to hold his own as Diane's victimized husband, a devoted husband and father who is completely powerless over this madwoman whose universe he is unable to escape from in time. Writer Buck Henry told a similar story in less time and to greater effect in TO DIE FOR, a theatrical film which featured an amazing performance by Nicole Kidman, but Ann-Margret did Emmy worthy work as the twisted and terrible Diane Borchardt.


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