Told through emotional first-person interviews and action-packed reenactments, Over My Dead Body presents empowering stories of women who were attacked and didn't just fight back but turned the tables on their enemy and lived the tell the tale. Actress Linda Hamilton joins as host, channeling her iconic character from the Terminator franchise, damsel-turned-warrior Sarah Connor, to reveal real-life survivors who were stalked and brutalized by an assailant yet somehow found the inner strength to take charge and come out victorious.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Over My Dead Body - Over My Dead Body (play) - Netflix
Over My Dead Body is a comedy/thriller play, written by Michael Sutton and Anthony Fingleton, “suggested by” Robert L. Fish's 1968 novel The Murder League. It opened at the Savoy Theatre, London on 20 February 1989 and ran until 19 August 1989, starring Donald Sinden as Trevor Foyle, June Whitfield as Dora Winslow, Frank Middlemass as Bartie Cruikshank, Marc Sinden as Simon Vale, Ken Wynne as Charters, with Paul Ridley, Chris Tranchell and William Sleigh, It was directed by Brian Murray. An earlier draft played a limited engagement at the Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, in November, 1984. It starred Fritz Weaver, Tammy Grimes, Thomas Toner, William Preston, Mordecai Lawner, Stephen Newman, Richard Clarke and Walter Atamaniuk and was directed by Edwin Sherin. An acting edition was published by Dramatists Play Service in 1998 and remains in print as of June 2018.
Over My Dead Body - Divergence from Source Material - Netflix
The published edition of Over My Dead Body states the play was “Suggested by the novel The Murder League, by Robert L. Fish.” This would appear to be an accurate assessment, as the only element retained from the original novel is the central concept of three elderly British mystery writers turning to real murder. All else has been changed: the basic plot-line, the methods of the protagonists to achieve their goal, their motive (purely pecuniary in the novel), subsidiary characters and locales, the protagonists' names—and even, in the case of one, gender. The conflict between the “cozy” and “hard-boiled” genres of crime writing, heavily emphasized in the play, is non-existent in the novel, as is the characters’ intention of being caught and made to pay the penalty for what they’ve done. Unlike those in the play, the protagonists of the novel succeed in directly and unambiguously murdering not just one but ten victims, and the book ends in a lengthy trial scene not in the theatrical version. Even the novel’s title has a different connotation than in the play, referring to the principal trio of characters rather than a literary organization. The prolific Fish—author of over 40 novels and short stories, including the one on which the Steve McQueen film Bullitt was based—subsequently followed The Murder League with two sequels featuring the same principals: Rub-a-Dub-Dub (1971) and A Gross Carriage of Justice (1979). Robert L. Fish died in 1981, two years before the writing of Over My Dead Body.
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