The China Lake Murders

The China Lake Murders

Alan Metzger (1990)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Don't be put off by the bland title - this is, in fact, a well-made, suspenseful thriller. A city cop who goes on holiday every year to the small desert town of China Lake becomes the chief suspect in a serial murder inquiry run by the town's sheriff. It's essentially a taut battle of wills between the cop and the sheriff, and both the leads (Michael Parks and Tom Skerritt) bring much weight to their roles. The direction of TV-movie specialist Alan Metzger maintains the tension.

Cast & Crew

Sheriff Sam Brodie Tom Skerritt
Officer Donnelly Michael Parks
Cindy Nancy Everhard
Kitty Lauren Tewes
Captain Ferry Bill McKinney
Wallace Lonny Chapman
Ben J C Quinn
Watch Commander David Crowley
Bobby Doug Mears
Lewis Harrelson Tom Dahlgren
Director Alan Metzger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some violence and swearing. Available on: video