My Husband's Double Life [DVD]
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Made-for-TV drama about a woman discovering her 'dead' husband has been living an alternative life for ten years. Ten years after her husband's (Jay O. Sanders) apparent suicide, Elizabeth Welch (Margaret Colin) is confronted with evidence that he is not only alive, but living with a new identity and family. Furious that his actions have led her, and her children, to suffer financial hardship for the past decade, she sets out to confront the man who has ruined her life.
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** Produced by Terry Gold, Andrea Baynes and Alan Hines
** Directed by Alan Metzger
** Written by Alan Hines
** Run time: 85 minutes
[Alan Hines also wrote the screenplay for the movie “Guilt by Association” that premiered in 2002.]
The cast includes the following:
** Margaret Colin as Elizabeth “Peachy” Welsh – mother of Ted and Chris
** Jay O. Sanders as Patrick Hennessy Welsh // Timothy Michael Kingsbury
** Michael Cera as Ted Welsh (age 12)
** Will Estes as Ted Welsh (age 22)
** Erik Knudsen as Chris Welsh (age 9)
** Aaron Ashmore as Chris Welsh (age 19)
** Victoria Snow as Claire – Elizabeth’s sister
** Maria Ricossa as Linda Berg – Elizabeth’s friend
** Gary Hudson as Bill Sellers – Elizabeth’s friend
** Anna Ferguson as Mrs. Welsh – Patrick’s mother
** George R. Robertson as Mr. Welsh – Patrick’s father
I do not want to spoil the viewing for anyone. Therefore I am not going to reveal too much about what happens in this movie. I will only tell you how the story begins. Since the movie is based on a true story, the basic facts are part of the public record.
When you look at the title, you can guess that this is a story of betrayal. About a man who betrays his family as well as the authorities. The story is almost incredible, but it is a true story. It did happen.
When the movie begins, Elizabeth and Patrick are married. They have two boys. Ted is 12, while Chris is 9. They seem to have a good life. But not everything is as it seems. Patrick has stolen money from the local university where he works. When this is discovered, he is devastated. He disappears, leaving behind a note where he says that it is better for them if he is dead. When Patrick is pronounced dead, Elizabeth and the boys must try to start their lives all over. This is not easy for them, but they manage.
Ten years later, when the boys are 22 and 19, Elizabeth receives a letter from the social services which tells her that someone is using Patrick’s social security number. When she investigates, she discovers that Patrick is not dead at all. He has reinvented himself in a new state with a new name. Now he calls himself Timothy Michael Kingsbury.
How does Elizabeth and the boys respond to this situation? What happens with Patrick aka Timothy? I am not going to tell you. If you want to know the answer to these questions, you must watch the movie all the way to the end.
What do reviewers say about it? On IMDb it has a rating of 62 per cent; on Rotten Tomatoes it has an audience score of 31 per cent. If you ask me, these average ratings are too low.
This movie is captivating, dramatic, emotional, and - on top of everything else - based on a true story. The script is well-written and the actors play their roles well. I want to go all the way to the top with this product. I think it deserves a rating of five stars.
PS. You can find more information about the case on the website “Movies Based on True Stories Archives.”
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