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In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy (1995)

TV-PG
TV Movie | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

**SPOILERS** This is a story of two lovers, Luke and Laurette. Luke is the grandson of a rich Texas family who raised him after the death of his parents. Laurette is daughter of a blue-collar worker. They have different worlds, different ...See more**SPOILERS** This is a story of two lovers, Luke and Laurette. Luke is the grandson of a rich Texas family who raised him after the death of his parents. Laurette is daughter of a blue-collar worker. They have different worlds, different lifestyles... What if they meet? After a car accident with his fiancée, Luke can no longer walk without the assistance of orthopedic canes. Because of his disability, his fiancée leaves him. While at a barbecue at his best friend's home, Luke then meets Laurette. They fall in love and marry despite pressure from Luke's grandparents. But, what happens? Laurette pressures Luke to leave his family or obtain a piece of land, an early inheritance from his grandfather, so that they can live a life separate from his grandparents. Luke's grandfather refuses and Laurette leaves him. Laurette is forced to file for a divorce, but find they are unable to stay apart. They continue to see each other secretly, until Loretta runs out of the money she received from the divorce settlement provided by Luke's grandfather. They turn to Luke's house to live, and Luke's grandfather gives an ultimatum to his grandson: leave Laurette and stay or stay with Laurette and leave with nothing. They leave together, hoping to build a new life, but Luke is unable to get a job and becomes increasingly depressed. Laurette tells Luke that she can no longer stand by and watch him destroy himself and goes out for a night on the town alone. Upon her return, Luke threatens to shoot Laurette, she tells him to go ahead and kill her; Luke pulls the trigger, killing Laurette. Luke somehow manages to get Laurette's body out of the house and to a remote location on his family's property. After placing Laurette's body on top of gathered branches and twigs, he lights it all on fire and watches Laurette's body burn. He momentarily considers killing himself, but is unable to do so and apologizes to Laurette for not being strong enough to do so. Later that night, Luke, sitting in his pickup, is surrounded by law enforcement and arrested for murder. Written by Birdie (with revisions and polishing done by Kelly S. See less
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Sep 12, 1995 (United States)

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25 cast members
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Laura Leighton
Laurette Wilder Laurette Wilder   See fewer
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Michael Hayden
Luke Constable Luke Constable   See fewer
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Richard Crenna
Lucas Constable, Sr. Lucas Constable, Sr.   See fewer
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Bonnie Bartlett
Aunt Alice Aunt Alice   See fewer
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Rebeccah Bush
Pamela Jo Peyton Pamela Jo Peyton   See fewer
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Akin Babatunde
Herschel Herschel   See fewer
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Todd Terry
Billy Farber Billy Farber   See fewer
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David Denney
Cheeter Cheeter   See fewer
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Neith Hunter
Elaine Phelps Elaine Phelps   See fewer
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Travis Davis
Terry Buffet Terry Buffet   See fewer
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Alissa Alban
Victoria Jennings Victoria Jennings   See fewer
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Margaret Bowman
Landlady Landlady   See fewer
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Rodger Boyce
Motel Manager Motel Manager   See fewer
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Vince Davis
Photographer Photographer   See fewer
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Todd Duffey
Davey Coombs Davey Coombs   See fewer
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Vernon Grote
Good Ole Boy Good Ole Boy   See fewer
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Bill Guthrie
Mr. Jennings Mr. Jennings   See fewer
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Marietta Marich
Mrs. Jennings Mrs. Jennings   See fewer
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Marshall Prichard
Paramedic Paramedic   See fewer
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Mark Waters
Dwayne Dwayne   See fewer
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Woody Watson
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Joe Forbes
Deputy Sheriff (uncredited) Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.2 / 10 | 205 votes