Dunsmore Release Date: 2003 Genre: Drama Director(s): Peter Spirer (Beef, Rhyme & Reason) Writer(s): Michael Andrews Staring: Jeannetta Arnette, Rus Blackwell, W. Earl Brown A reluctant sheriff and a state investigator attempt to unravel the clues, told through a series of flashbacks spurred by interrogations, in order to find out who killed a small southern […]

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Dunsmore
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Peter Spirer (Beef, Rhyme & Reason)
Writer(s): Michael Andrews
Staring: Jeannetta Arnette, Rus Blackwell, W. Earl Brown

A reluctant sheriff and a state investigator attempt to unravel the clues, told through a series of flashbacks spurred by interrogations, in order to find out who killed a small southern town’s most hated man, Ronny Roy Pritcher. Suspected in the murders of two people before his death, not to mention being a terrible person in general, Pritcher had boiled the blood of so many people that everyone is a suspect. The state investigator has to cope with the fact that no one in town really wants the killer found, forcing him to try alternate methods in his quest for justice.

Despite sounding like a generic premise, Dunsmore does great for itself. The script slowly builds up Pritcher as a truly despicable man to the point where even the biggest opponent of vigilantism will be calling for his head on a pike. It’s never really over-the-top either, as I could totally picture the real life Pritcher (as this is based on a true story) killing the dog that belongs to a teenager that scraped his truck.

There are some fantastic visuals towards the end that are very impressive. Too often with low budget films the director will believe the script to be powerful enough to overcome languid directing and cinematography. Director Peter Spirer, who did a total 180 by filming Dunsmore after completing a series of hip hop documentaries, certainly deserves recognition for this movie.

Too melodramatic at rare times, such as when the heartbroken teenager does the Charlie Brown walk before falling to his knees and bawling.
DVD: A making-of-documentary that I don’t recall being anything special.

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