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Skeletons (1997)

A Pulitzer prize journalist has a heart attack and moves with his wife and son, from NYC to a town of 850 in Maine. Things are fine there until he investigates a man arrested for murdering his boyfriend. Vandalism and worse follows.

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David DeCoteau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Silver ... Peter Crane
Christopher Plummer ... Reverend Carlyle
Dee Wallace ... Heather Crane (as Dee Wallace Stone)
Kyle Howard ... Zach Crane
James Coburn ... Frank Jove
Arlene Golonka ... Melanie Jove
D. Paul Thomas D. Paul Thomas ... Sheriff Carlton
Paul Bartel ... Mayor Dunbar
David Graf ... Sam
Patrick Thomas ... Toby Carlyle (as Pat Thomas)
Clive Rosengren ... Jacob
Raymond O'Connor ... Mr. Muir
Kathleen Noone ... Sadie
Brigitta Dau ... Laura
Valerie Wildman ... Belinda
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A heart attack moves a Pulitzer winning journalist to leave NY for the peace of a small New England town, but he soon finds himself pulled into a case of a man accused of killing his gay lover with the blade of a shovel. Wanting to keep the case quiet, the town turns against the journalist and his family when he begins digging into its secrets, until finally the accused man is found hanging in his cell and the truth comes out about more than just the killing. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esqueletos See more »

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Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was one of the first seven films to be foreclosed by the Screen Actors Guild for non-payment of wages and residuals to SAG members. On 13 July 2004, rights to the film were sold at auction. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Carlyle: You cannot hide from an AK-47 that's been blessed by the lord.
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Some people will do anything for money
20 February 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Skeletons" is listed as a 1997 TV-movie, but it must have been shown somewhere else given its not-ready-for-prime time language.

It stars Ron Silver, Dee Wallace Stone, Christopher Plummer, James Coburn, and Carole Baker.

This is actually a horror film, though it starts off as a mystery. When journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Crane (Silver) suffers a heart attack, he and his wife (Stone) and young son move to a small, idyllic New England town, Saugatuck. They haven't been there long when a woman (Baker) comes to see Crane, knowing his reputation. Her son has been accused of killing his gay lover; she knows he didn't do it and wants Crane to investigate.

It's clear from the get-go that the town is anti-gay, and the Crane family is immediately harassed by the locals because of Crane's interest in the case. Crane smells a set-up, and when another tragedy occurs, he's sure of it.

This film disintegrated into horror-land toward the end. It became obvious that some of these actors -- Mr. Plummer, I'm talking to you -- did it for the money. One of our finest actors in this dreck - I find it reprehensible. Ditto James Coburn.

I'd like to say this film is dated but we know in some parts of the country, this kind of harassment against gays still goes on. This movie over-emphasized the point but still, since it is a horror film, it could be made today, seventeen years later. That makes me sad. Like a few other things in "Skeletons."


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