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review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday, March 3 at 8:00pm ET/PT on Lifetime
You've probably read about this story in the news because it was
a very public and sensational trial for a while. Susan Wright killed her
husband, so she is put on trial for his murder, and we get to see all of the
gruesome details (mostly from her point of view). He apparently abused her and
was a very bad husband, but it doesn't seem to justify what she did in this day
and age when it's just too easy to get a divorce or go to a woman's shelter.
The movie does a good job of showing you both sides. Lisa Edelstein, who played
Cuddy on "House" is very good here as the prosecuting attorney. Everyone does a
good job. It's horrifying to see Justin Bruening as the wife beater when we saw
him for years as sweet, cute Jamie on All My Children. He does a great job,
though, and is very chilling in the role. Sara Paxton, who looks a lot like
Reese Witherspoon plays Susan Wright.
It's an interesting movie, especially if you didn't follow it in the headlines
or on CNN. Since it's a true story, there isn't too much they can do with the
basic story or characters other than guessing as to what happened between the
LISA EDELSTEIN, SARA PAXTON AND
STAR IN LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIE
Film Based on
a True Story of a Texas Housewife
Murdering Her Husband to Premiere March 3
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 9,
2012) – 2011
People's Choice Award winner Lisa Edelstein (House,
The Good Wife) swaps out her stethoscope for legal briefs as she
plays tough Texas prosecutor Kelly Siegler in the Lifetime Original Movie,
Butcher, which will make its world premiere
on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 8:00PM ET/PT.
Based on a true story, the Sony Pictures Television distributed
film, co-starring Sara Paxton (Superhero
Movie, Shark Night 3D) and Justin Bruening (Knight
Rider, Ringer), follows the story of Susan Wright (Paxton), a
beautiful young wife and mother of two who violently kills her husband in their
Houston home after years of alleged abuse.
the media as the “Blue-Eyed
Butcher,” Susan Wright appeared to have a fairytale life
-- an adoring husband Jeff (Bruening), two beautiful kids, and close family and
friends. But six years into their marriage, the fairytale crumbles when Jeff is
found dead and buried in the backyard of their suburban home. The close-knit
community is shocked as police accuse Susan of pre-meditated murder – luring her
husband into the bedroom, tying him up and violently stabbing him almost 200
times before haphazardly cleaning up the crime scene. As Jeff’s family reels
from the devastating news, Susan begins to mount her aggressive defense -- that
she needed to kill
Jeff -- out of self-preservation for
herself and her children after years of physical and mental abuse. But
prosecutor Kelly Siegler is skeptical of her defense and forcefully argues Susan
is a cunning, doe-eyed sociopath, who has used her good
looks to try to get away with anything in life -- even murder.
is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
Judith Verno (Lifetime’s Drew Peterson:
Untouchable, Craigslist Killer)
and Frank von Zerneck (Lifetime’s The
Pregnancy Pact, Flirting with Forty) executive produced the film with
Stephen Kay (Craigslist Killer, Sons of
Anarchy) serving as co-executive producer and director. The script
was written by
Michael J. Murray.
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Interview with Justin Bruening and Sara Paxton of "Blue Eyed
Butcher" on Lifetime 2/24/12
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