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Whispers from a Shallow Grave (2006)

Not Rated | | Crime, Fantasy, Mystery | 10 December 2006 (USA)
When a beautiful photo model disappears, police track the photographer who last saw her. At his trial, the model herself tells her side of the story.

Director:

Ted Newsom

Writer:

Ted Newsom
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trudi Jo Marie Keck ... Linda Sobek
Gerald Brodin ... Charles Rathbun
Gwen Brownson Gwen Brownson ... Linda's Roommate
Lateefah Devoe Lateefah Devoe ... TV Reporter
Michelle Bauer ... Rape Victim (as Michelle McClendon)
Jennifer Prettyman ... Female Cop
Tim Murphy Tim Murphy ... Charlie's Friend
John Content John Content ... Dumpster Diver
Ariauna Albright Ariauna Albright ... Linda's friend
Scott St. James Scott St. James ... Investigating Cop
Linnea Quigley ... TV Announcer (voice)
Jonny M. Duffy Jonny M. Duffy ... Radio Newsman
Richard Nathan Richard Nathan ... The Judge (voice)
Bryan Moore Bryan Moore ... DJ Voice (voice)
Deborah Pietruska Deborah Pietruska ... The Prosecutor (voice)
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Photo model Linda Sobek vanishes over a Thanksgiving weekend; police trace the disappearance to a photographer named Charles Rathbun, who gives contradictory explanations of her last few hours. On the witness stand and from beyond her shallow grave, Linda tells her side of the story. Written by Ted Newsom

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Crime | Fantasy | Mystery

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Not Rated
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uniquely bad
24 April 2009 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Retelling the true crime story of former Los Angeles Raiders cheerleader and model Linda Sobek who was murdered by photographer Charles Rathburn. Combining real-life trial footage and news interviews with fictionalized recreations all told from the point of view of Sobek's spirit (Trudi Jo Marie Keck), this film definitely takes a unique way of telling the story.

However 'unique' only goes so far. The constant flash-backs, flash-forwards & splicing of real footage with acted performers is jarring and doesn't really work. Keck can't hold the film together as her acting in this film is atrocious. The editing equally bad and Newsom's directing of the whole film is rather dire. And on a nit picky note, the box cover states "Based on the True Story that shocked the Nation" while I, keeping fairly abreast of the news, haven't even heard of the case. Even when I did find out about it (through this film) and research it, I can't say I was shocked in the least. Saddened, yes. Heart gone out to the family, definitely. Shocked, not so much. This film does a great disservice to her memory though.

My Grade: D-

Where i saw it: Instant Netflix via my X-box 360


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Language:

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$100,000 (estimated)
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