Release date2006 (2006) WriterTeena Booth (teleplay), Randy Stone (story), Jeanne King (book) NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie CastJudy Davis (Sante Kimes), Jonathan Jackson (Kenny Kimes), Chelcie Ross (Ken Sr.), Cynthia Stevenson (Beverly Bates), Jake D. Smith (Young Kenny Kimes (as Jake Smith)), Garry Chalk (Jake) Similar moviesNatalee Holloway (2009), Wisegal (2008), Swearing Allegiance (1997), Video Voyeur (2002), Daughters (1997)
A Little Thing Called Murder is a 2006 comedy-drama television film starring Judy Davis and Jonathan Jackson and directed by Richard Benjamin.
Made by Stonemade Entertainment for Lifetime TV, the film was based on a true story of convicted murderer Sante Kimes, as told in the book Dead End by reporter Jeanne King. A 2001 made-for-TV film about Kimes called Like Mother, Like Son starred Mary Tyler Moore.
A little thing called murder
Sante Kimes is a con artist and thief who has been preparing her son Kenny since childhood to be her accomplice. Sante is living with a rich man, Ken Kimes, who is unwilling to marry her and makes no provision for Kenny in his will. The boy's mother becomes involved in robberies, arson and the murder of an elderly woman to enrich herself, with her son as her partner in crime.
Judy Davis as Sante
Jonathan Jackson as Kenny
Chelcie Ross as Ken, Sr.
Cynthia Stevenson as Beverly Bates
Alexander Ludwig as Young Kenny Kimes
Awards and nominations
The film won Best Motion Picture Made for Television in the 11th Golden Satellite Awards.
Judy Davis won Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television in the 11th Golden Satellite Awards. Davis was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in the Emmy Awards.
The casting team was nominated for Best Movie of the Week Casting by the Casting Society of America in its 2006 Artios Awards.