A Death in California


2h 1985

Brief Synopsis

A Beverly Hills socialite embarks on a love/hate relationship with the psychopath who had murdered her fiance and then raped and terrorized her, eventually becoming involved in a bizarre trial. Joan Barthel's book, from which this two-part film evolved, was based on a notorious 1970s California case

Film Details

Also Known As
Death in California
Release Date
1985

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

A Beverly Hills socialite embarks on a love/hate relationship with the psychopath who had murdered her fiance and then raped and terrorized her, eventually becoming involved in a bizarre trial. Joan Barthel's book, from which this two-part film evolved, was based on a notorious 1970s California case. Veteran actress Alexis Smith made her TV-movie debut here as Cheryl Ladd's wealthy mother, and among those receiving Emmy Award nominations for their work were cinematographer Joseph Biroc, art director Hub Braden and set decorator Don Remackle.

Film Details

Also Known As
Death in California
Release Date
1985

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

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Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States May 12, 1985

Aired in United States May 13, 1985

Alexis Smith made her television acting debut in the miniseries.

TV rating: TV-14-V

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