A Slight Case of Murder

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Time Out says

'He Hitchcocks me, I'll Spielberg him,' confides Macy, Oliver Hardy-ing us with a sidelong look to camera. He plays a film critic (speciality: '40s noir) who accidentally kills a girlfriend and tries to cover it up. The cop on the case turns out to be an aspiring scriptwriter, with a wife bent on Lana Turner-ing every male on the scene. A blackmailing private eye (Cromwell) shows no sign of going to the movies much. It's moderately amusing, but while Macy and Schachter never stoop to gags, they gleefully Wes Craven us with this illustration/exploitation of the truism that 'everyone's a film buff now'. The most significant cross-reference is implicit, with Macy reprising his Fargo persona, brooding with schoolboy resentment as his misdeeds catch up with him. Made for cable TV, from Donald E Westlake's novel A Travesty.
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Release details

UK release:

1999

Duration:

90 mins

Cast and crew

Music:

Mader

Production Designer:

Dan Davis

Cast:

Julia Campbell, James Cromwell, Adam Arkin, William H Macy, Felicity Huffman, Paul Mazursky

Director:

Steven Schachter

Screenwriter:

Steven Schachter, William H Macy

Producer:

Mitch Engel

Editor:

Paul Dixon

Cinematography:

André Pienaar

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