DVD Murder in a Small Town

DVD Murder in a Small Town
DVD Murder in a Small Town
Run time: 87 min
Rating: 5.9
Genres: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Director: John Stimpson
Writers: Kathryn Casey, John Stimpson
Stars: Gail O’Grady, Chris Gartin, James McDaniel
When beloved Debbie Martin commits suicide, her preacher husband Andrew grieves alongside the whole town and especially Debbie’s mom, Susan. But then moments long forgotten and incidents about Andrew’s strange behavior start bubbling to the surface. At first Susan doesn’t want to believe them, but when mounting evidence can no longer be denied, she has to admit that she now believes Andrew killed Debbie and sets out to prove it. And so begins a battle that eventually tears the town apart. Inspired by a true story. Written by Anonymous
Country: USA
Release Date: 14 September 2013 (USA)


  1. Sins of the Preacher is a TV movie described as a thriller. The main problem is that it's not very thrilling at all. Almost since the very beginning it's apparent that Debbie Martin's death is a murder case and not a suicide as it's been ruled. It's also very clear who the murderer is, so the only suspense left for us to chew on is whether or not the victim's mother, Susan Parker, will succeed in bringing the culprit to justice. The acting is uneven. While Gail O'Grady and James McDaniel give worthy performances in the roles of Susan Parker and attorney Wade Thompson respectively, Christopher Gartin and Taylor Cole are not believable in their roles as Pastor Andrew Martin and his lover Brianna Daniels. This is in great part due to writer-director John Stimpson's failure to develop both characters in depth. The devious killer Andrew Martin is simply not threatening enough. As a villain you would expect him to pose a threat to those investigating him but you never fear for the lives or safety of those trying to bring him down. His lover Brianna, which we see too little of till the later part of the film, looks more like a Playboy bunny than a reverend's love interest. Most of the limitations of this flick come from the fact that it is based on a true story and has not been fictionalized enough to bring you to the edge of your seat. So if you're looking for excitement and suspense you'll be disappointed, but if you're okay with an ordinary family drama with a predictable ending, then it becomes a watchable picture.

  2. Gail O'Grady goes in record time as a woman who will not listen to other relatives that her son-in-law killed her daughter, to one that leads a crusade against him.

    The preacher Andrew appears to be totally off-the-wall practicing his religion in a devout way, but at the same time implicated in the sexual assault of a woman and the ultimate murder of his wife when he takes up with a woman in the town.

    You could say that Andrew is remarkable throughout the night of the incident,shedding no tears. One might think he is keeping a bold face for the sake of his two young daughters, now not having a mother.

    The family really does a great job in accumulating evidence against him. Why the police and other officials didn't fully investigate is a question.

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