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In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy

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Director  Bill DElia
Distributor  FOX
Writer  Danielle Hill
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  United States
In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy movie poster
Release date  September 12, 1995 (1995-09-12)
Cast  Laura Leighton, Michael Hayden, Richard Crenna, Bonnie Bartlett, Rebeccah Bush
Similar movies  Richard Crenna appears in In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy and The Rape of Richard Beck

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In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy is a 1995 American film loosely based on the story of Ralph Hand III, and his ex-wife Olivia Browning.



Laurette Wilder (Laura Leighton) is a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks who falls in love with Luke Constable III (Michael Hayden), the grandson of a rich farmer who has been crippled in an automobile accident. Against the wishes of his grandfather (Richard Crenna), who sees the girl as a gold-digger, young Luke and Laurette get married. The senior Mr. Constable, however, goes out of his way to make his new granddaughter-in-law feel unwelcome, which quickly causes a rift in her marriage. Following a brief breakup, Laurette encourages Luke to break away from his grandfather and relinquish his rights to the family fortune. Struggling in poverty, Luke contemplates murdering Mr. Constable, but he can't bring himself to do it. The couple divorce, reconcile, then separate again. Laurette finds Luke drunk and brandishing a gun; she goads him into shooting her - he kills her with one shot. He takes his wife's dead body into the woods and burns it. He is arrested and imprisoned.


  • Laura Leighton as Laurette Wilder
  • Michael Hayden as Luke Constable
  • Richard Crenna as Lucas Constable, Sr.
  • Bonnie Bartlett as Aunt Alice
  • Rebeccah Bush as Pamela Jo Peyton
  • Akin Babatunde as Herschel
  • Todd Terry as Billy Farber
  • David Denney as Cheeter
  • Neith Hunter as Elaine Phelps
  • Travis Davis as Terry Buffet
  • Alissa Alban as Victoria Jennings
  • Margaret Bowman as Landlady
  • Rodger Boyce as Motel Manager
  • Vince Davis as Photographer
  • Todd Duffey as Davey Coombs
  • Production

    Principal photography began on June 7, 1995 and the film was shot entirely on-location in Denton, Aubrey, Pilot Point, Sanger, Bolivar, Lewisville, and Dallas, Texas. The film was shot in 19 days, during which time the visiting cast commuted around the area from a hotel in Denton.


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