DOWNPAYMENT ON MURDER (TV Movie)

12/6/1987 Sunday, 8 pm, 2 hours
NBC
Drama
Code: DOM 12/1987

PLOT

Inspired by a true story. A woman discovers her ex-husband has planned to kill he. With the help of two cops, she tries to foil the plan.

CREDITS

Writer: Barry Schneider
Director: Waris Hussain

CAST

Ben Gazarra as Harry Cardell
Connie Sellecca as Karen Cardell
David Morse as Detective Jackson
Jonathan Banks as Detective McKenzie, called Mac. Listed 4th of 20.
G. W. Bailey as Kyle
John Karlen as Albert
Sheila Larken as Donna
Jenny Beck as Jennifer Cardell
Brandon Bluhm as Benjamin Cardell
Miguel Ferrer as Martin

CHARACTER

Mac’s a nice guy, gets a bit bothered by his partner's silliness at times. Doesn't appreciate a crack about having no sex life. Realistic about system, but not bitter. Occasional mild sarcasm. Polite and friendly to the small boys.

COMMENTS

JB has some nice close-ups being sympathetic to Karen; sweet smile in mall. Does a vault off the car, and some good business gulping down his donut.

COSTUME

Preppy look: alligator polo shirt, pleated slacks, oxford cloth shirts, suede jacket. The costumer used some flattering blues on him, but preppy isn’t the best look for JB.

CRITICS

"Pays off in suspense... one of them, David Morse, even delivers an editorial on such cases, while his partner, JB, uh-huhs him." Variety, 12/9/1987

LINES

"You'd be surprised how many people have orange hair these days."

"What Jack means is, we'll scare the hell out of him."

"Oh yeah, the commander just wants to have us by for coffee so he can talk about our sex life."

SCREEN TIME

About 8 min, 30 seconds in 13 scenes throughout film.

WORKED WITH

Connie Sellecca (SDK 12/1979)