Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story (1991)


“What was all that talk about Greg being a bastard and you loving me? Did you say all that just so you could get into my pants one more time? ” – Pamela Smart

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a young teacher who convinced one of her students to murder her husband.

My Take on it – This is a typical Made or TV movie that brings a powerful story, yet is presented in a mediocre way.

Helen Hunt was still climbing her way to the top when this film was made and she doesn’t manage to make her character feel sympathetic at all which is quite impressive since she quite often plays some very likable characters.

The manipulations between the characters are presented well even if they never manage to reach the point where it all seems convincing enough.

The fact that this is based on real events adds a bit to the way that things play out, but if they had found a way to make it seem more believable, it would have been much more enjoyable and engaging to watch.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Of the five tried and convicted Pamela Smart, Vance Lattime, Raymond Fowler, William (Billy) Flynn and Patrick Randall. Co-conspirators Vance Lattime Jr. Served 15 years (1990-2005) released after 15 years, he was in the getaway car. Raymond Fowler served 13 years (1990-2003) released after 13 years. He served another year (2004-2005) for violating parole. William (Billy) Flynn and Patrick Randall (actually murderers of Gregg Smart) both served 25 years of a 28 year sentence (1990-2015) Pamela Smart still remains in prison for 1. Conspiracy to commit murder, witness tampering and conspiracy to first degree murder. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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