Menendez: Blood Brothers


2h 2017

Brief Synopsis

A behind-the-scenes look into the affluent and sordid lives of the Menendez family, ruled over by authoritarian father Jose, a self-made Cuban millionaire who routinely abuses his sons, Lyle and Erik, and his alcoholic wife, Kitty. Afraid of their father's wrath, the sons eventually take grim action, killing both their parents, and almost getting away with it -- until their own unforced errors put them on trial for their lives. Based on a true story.

Film Details

Also Known As
Lifetime/Untitled Menendez Brothers TV Movie Project, Menendez
Release Date
2017
Production Company
Lifetime Entertainment Television
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

A behind-the-scenes look into the affluent and sordid lives of the Menendez family, ruled over by authoritarian father Jose, a self-made Cuban millionaire who routinely abuses his sons, Lyle and Erik, and his alcoholic wife, Kitty. Afraid of their father's wrath, the sons eventually take grim action, killing both their parents, and almost getting away with it -- until their own unforced errors put them on trial for their lives. Based on a true story.

Film Details

Also Known As
Lifetime/Untitled Menendez Brothers TV Movie Project, Menendez
Release Date
2017
Production Company
Lifetime Entertainment Television
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Based on the true story of the 1989 Menendez family murders.

Aired in United States June 11, 2017

On August 20, 1989, entertainment industry executive Jose Menendez and his wife Kitty were murdered in their Beverly Hills home. Jose was shot in the back of the head. Kitty, who tried to escape, was shot multiple times, including in the face. Their sons, Lyle and Erik, were 20 and 18 at the time, respectively. Police were initially suspicious of the brothers but did not make arrests until months later. In the interim, the brothers spent their inheritance lavishly, including Lyle's purchase of a Porsche and Erik's hiring of a tennis coach. They were tried together in 1993 but had separate juries. The brothers alleged they were victims of abuse and claimed to kill their parents in self-defense. Both cases ended with hung juries. When they were re-tried in 1995, both brothers were convicted of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Both men have married since being imprisoned (Lyle twice) but are not