The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom

Overview

A Texas housewife plots hire a hit man to kill the girl who beat out her daughter for a place on the cheerleading squad in this made-for-cable satire based on a true story. Holly Hunter stars as Wanda Holloway, a twice-married Baptist mother of two who becomes obsessed when her daughter, Shanna Frankie Ingrassia, gets disqualified from the election for the eighth-grade cheerleading squad because of overly manipulative campaign tactics i.e. handing out free rulers imprinted with her name. Looking down her nose at ...
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Overview

A Texas housewife plots hire a hit man to kill the girl who beat out her daughter for a place on the cheerleading squad in this made-for-cable satire based on a true story. Holly Hunter stars as Wanda Holloway, a twice-married Baptist mother of two who becomes obsessed when her daughter, Shanna Frankie Ingrassia, gets disqualified from the election for the eighth-grade cheerleading squad because of overly manipulative campaign tactics i.e. handing out free rulers imprinted with her name. Looking down her nose at neighbor Verna Heath Elizabeth Ruscio, whose daughter, Amber Megan Berwick, made the squad, Wanda becomes convinced that there's a conspiracy afoot and decides to do something about it. Getting in touch with her ex-husband's brother, Terry Harper Beau Bridges -- a lowlife with a liquor and drug habit and a wife Swoosie Kurtz who sees imaginary creatures on the floor -- Wanda all but orders him to find her an assassin on the cheap. Terry chickens out, contacts the police, and helps get the goods on his former sister-in-law before she can do any actual damage. A media circus soon engulfs the participants' small Texas town as Wanda heads to court and tries to prove she was the victim of a setup. Set against the backdrop of the Gulf War and the fall of communism, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom was filmed for HBO by Bad News Bears and Smile director Michael Ritchie. In adapting the Wanda Holloway story for the small screen, the film followed Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story, a 1992 ABC TV movie starring Lesley Ann Warren.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • UPC: 883316506400
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Hbo Archives
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Holly Hunter Wanda Holloway
Beau Bridges Terry Harper
Swoosie Kurtz Marla Harper
Johnny Carson Former Talkshow Host (Himself)
Jane Anderson Writer (herself)
Jana Arnold Florie
Nelly Bly Waitress
David Brisbin Assistant D.A. Mike Anderson
George H.W. Bush Former US President (Himself)
O'Neal Compton Principal James Barker
Bill Cross Plant Manager
Phil Donahue Talkshow Host (Himself)
Steve Eastin Bob Wilbur
Matt Frewer Troy McKinney
Gary Grubbs Detective Helton
Gregg Henry Tony Harper
Ed Jones C.D. Holloway
Jessie Jones Mother
Jack Kehler Sergeant F.E Blackwell
Frederick Kohner Shane Harper
Susan Krebs Ms. Richards
Ryan MacDonald Old Man
Patrick Montes Newscaster
Clive Rosengren Judge George H. Godwin
Elizabeth Ruscio Verna Heath
Richard Schiff Life Photographer
Ray Sharkey Police Officer
Janis Uhley Donahue Audience
Noni White Donahue Audience
Michael Ritchie Voice Only
Technical Credits
Michael Ritchie Director
Rusty Smith Art Director
Dana Cole Associate Producer
Zachary Feuer Associate Producer
David Sosna Asst. Director
Sharon Bialy Casting
Debi Manwiller Casting
Rick Pagano Casting
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Brian C.L. Shelley Consultant/advisor
Luke Reichle Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Sears Editor
Kyle A. Heinrich Executive Producer
Frederick Pierce Executive Producer
Kelvin R. Trahan Makeup
James Manos Jr. Producer
Art Schaeffer Producer
Stephen Hendrickson Production Designer
Lucy Simon Score Composer
Jane Anderson Screenwriter
Douglas Mowat Set Decoration/Design
Bill Bell Sound Editor
Bob Costanza Sound Editor
Mike Dickeson Sound Editor
Dave Eichhorn Sound Editor
Daniel Luna Sound Editor
Gary Macheel Sound Editor
Richard S. Steele Sound Editor
Tim Terusa Sound Editor
Rusty Tinsley Sound Editor
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