ⓘ Happy Face Murders


ⓘ Happy Face Murders

Happy Face Murders is a 1999 American made-for-television crime drama film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. It is based on a real story.

It was shot in 21 days and is one of director Brian Trenchard-Smiths favourite films.


1. Plot synopsis

Lorraine Petrovich Ann-Margret frames her abusive lover killing a young intellectually disabled girl by creating details of the murder from clues she picks up from Detective Jennifer Powell Marg Helgenberger. Powell works the case with law doctoral student Dylan McCarthy Henry Thomas, whom she repeatedly calls "Doc", despite McCarthy not actually being a doctor yet. After implicating herself, resulting in her jail sentence, she then recants her testimony but no one believes her, until clues surface from the real killer, who leaves messages that he is still out there, has killed before, and will kill again, signing his victims with Happy Faces.


2. Cast

  • Emily Hampshire as Tracy Billings
  • Marg Helgenberger as Jennifer Powell
  • Rick Peters as Billy Lee Peterson
  • Nicholas Campbell as Rusty Zuvic
  • Anthony J. Mifsud as Gary Martin uncredited
  • Bruce Gray as Ephraim Quince
  • Henry Thomas as Dylan McCarthy
  • Christina Collins as Nancy Severn
  • Sean Dick as Charlie Severn
  • David McIlwraith as Alan Sanford
  • J. C. Mackenzie as Ed Baker
  • Lynne Deragon as Virginia Billings
  • Ann-Margret as Lorraine Petrovich

3. Reception

David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews gave a positive review on Marg Helgenbergers performance, writing she "provides enough charm to make it worth a look."