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DL, please help me figure out a movie where a woman kills herself

Picture it. It's the 1990s and I see a movie on Lifetime (I think) where a melancholy woman eats breakfast by herself in her large house, goes upstairs, and then shoots herself with a large shotgun she got from the cabinet.

I've been trying to figure out what the title of this movie was for years. I've tried Reddit's Tip of My Tongue forum and they weren't much help either. I figured since it was probably a 90s chick flick, that someone on DL might actually know what it was.

by Anonymousreply 57May 14, 2024 3:12 AM

Could it have been an episode of a show or something?

by Anonymousreply 1May 4, 2024 12:26 AM

It's possible r1 but I remember it being either a feature film being aired or either a TV movie. However, it's been so long I don't want to say for certain.

by Anonymousreply 2May 4, 2024 12:29 AM

The start of Desperate Housewives?

by Anonymousreply 3May 4, 2024 12:31 AM

I remember vividly that she leans over the shotgun to shoot herself. As a kid, I didn't know one could shoot oneself in that manner.

by Anonymousreply 4May 4, 2024 12:31 AM

Anne of Green Gables?

by Anonymousreply 5May 4, 2024 12:32 AM

r3 No, I've seen every episode of Desperate Housewives and that was 2004. This had to be 1996-2000.

by Anonymousreply 6May 4, 2024 12:34 AM

“My Forgotten Love” starring Helen Lawson.

by Anonymousreply 7May 4, 2024 12:36 AM

Do you remember any other details besides that one scene?

by Anonymousreply 8May 4, 2024 12:37 AM

The First Wives Club?

by Anonymousreply 9May 4, 2024 12:37 AM

r8 that scene was the last scene before the credits I believe.

Also, this may have been another movie but I vaguely remember a scene where a woman tries to stab herself in a kitchen and her sister or friend rescues her.

by Anonymousreply 10May 4, 2024 12:39 AM

I’m feeling water 🌊 under a bridge 🌉

by Anonymousreply 11May 4, 2024 12:44 AM

The internet can be your friend, OP.

Take a look at this list and see if anything sound familiar. You can then click on each title to get detail descriptions.

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by Anonymousreply 12May 4, 2024 12:45 AM

IMDB also has a long list of Lifetime movies with lots of details about each movie.

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by Anonymousreply 13May 4, 2024 12:47 AM

Op call 988

Do it every weekend

by Anonymousreply 14May 4, 2024 12:48 AM

It just had to be "The First Time I Died, The Last Time I Cried" starring Meredith Baxter, who shines in her powerful portrayal of a woman on the edge.

by Anonymousreply 15May 4, 2024 1:38 AM

Annie Get Your Gun

by Anonymousreply 16May 4, 2024 1:42 AM

R13 I've already been through that list twice and couldn't find it.

by Anonymousreply 17May 4, 2024 2:04 AM

A Dead Mom for Christmas. Starring Olivia Newton-John.

by Anonymousreply 18May 4, 2024 2:07 AM

Frau, Interrupted

by Anonymousreply 19May 4, 2024 2:42 AM

It was a commercial for Folger's Coffee:

"Peter the College Student Comes Home Early for Christmas Again, and this Time HE Gets the Surprise!"

by Anonymousreply 20May 4, 2024 2:45 AM

Was it definitely the '90s or is there any chance it was the early aughts? Lifetime played a lot of content that originally aired elsewhere, which complicates the search if it was a TV movie.

by Anonymousreply 21May 4, 2024 2:47 AM

Was this it?

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by Anonymousreply 22May 4, 2024 2:59 AM

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

by Anonymousreply 23May 4, 2024 5:03 AM

Was it Vanessa Redgrave killing herself in Deep Impact?

by Anonymousreply 24May 4, 2024 5:23 AM

Don’t worry, OP history always repeats itself. This will probably be the first scene of “Brittney Spears: Shattered Dreams Y’all” in 2027

by Anonymousreply 25May 4, 2024 6:08 AM

I remember that movie. I believe the theme song went something like...

Dany boooon, daaaaneee boon, tuh, tuh, tuh, tuh, tuh, tuh

by Anonymousreply 26May 4, 2024 6:14 AM

I think that is a series finale of just the 10 of us.

by Anonymousreply 27May 4, 2024 6:39 AM

Are you sure the woman wasn’t a South Dakota Gov. dragging a wirehair pointer down to a gravel pit and shooting it with a shotgun? Because I know that scenario…

by Anonymousreply 28May 4, 2024 6:54 AM

Don't leave us hanging, OP. Did you find the title?

by Anonymousreply 29May 9, 2024 1:44 AM

I don’t think it’s this but Shattered Innocence with Melinda Dillon does have a shotgun suicide. It’s from 1988 but used to air regularly on Lifetime in the 90s but the rest of your details don’t match.

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by Anonymousreply 30May 9, 2024 2:00 AM

Madame Butterfly

by Anonymousreply 31May 9, 2024 2:01 AM

All Creatures Great and Small.

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by Anonymousreply 33May 9, 2024 2:21 AM

Are you sure it was on Lifetime, op?

There's a French film from the 70s, "Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles", that ends with a 10+ minute static shot of the heroine sitting at her dining table. I was ready to shoot MYSELF after sitting through that.

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by Anonymousreply 34May 9, 2024 2:24 AM

r29 No, I never did find it. I've been through the IMDB lists for Lifetime movies countless times now and even pulled up the full movies on YouTube with something that sounded similar.

Thanks r30 but that's not it either. Looks interesting though.

I've just decided that I'll probably never find the title or see this film again along with a few other tv movies I saw way back when.

by Anonymousreply 35May 9, 2024 2:25 AM

Is it why oh why did i marry tom cruise. ?

by Anonymousreply 36May 9, 2024 2:27 AM

R34: i'm with you! The bathtub scene alone seemed to take two hours! I wonder how many viewers died while watching that movie. Seriously.

That being said, "Jeanne Dielman" is considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. Go figure.

Maybe it deserves a DL thread of its own.

by Anonymousreply 37May 9, 2024 6:17 AM

I think you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, OP. Sue.

by Anonymousreply 38May 9, 2024 6:20 AM

Can you give ChatGPT a go and tell us if it finds something?

by Anonymousreply 39May 9, 2024 7:13 AM

"Never Shoot Yourself on an Empty Stomach"?

by Anonymousreply 40May 9, 2024 8:29 AM

Again from the 80s, there is a scene in Sidney Sheldon's If Tomorrow Comes where the mother kills herself with a handgun after being set up by a crime syndicate. There is no breakfast but it's a melancholic scene.

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by Anonymousreply 41May 9, 2024 9:31 AM

I watched a Joan Crawford film where her character’s catty cruelty provoked a mentally fragile woman to hang herself in the stables! When Joan discovers what she’s done, she smears her vanity mirror in cold cream!

by Anonymousreply 42May 9, 2024 10:26 AM

Queen Bee ^^^

by Anonymousreply 43May 13, 2024 8:53 PM

Was it the Jennifer O'Neill story? She shot herself. I swear I saw a TV movie where she portrayed herself and the shooting incident but I can't find it now.

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by Anonymousreply 44May 13, 2024 9:16 PM

Carrington? Not lifetime, but 1995 and gay-ish themed.

by Anonymousreply 45May 13, 2024 9:35 PM

There was some cheery movie called Good night Mother, with Sissy Spacek. Did you know that Dr. Seuss’ first wife, killed herself after a long marriage. She is responsible for his success, became very ill, wrote this great letter of guilt, and killed herself. He then quickly marrried her best friend, much younger, and then lived happily ever after. The cat in the hat, my ass. Also, he was extremely prejudice against Japanese Americans.

Sorry for hijacking’s thread. Y’all probably know all this, but it was a surprise to me.

by Anonymousreply 46May 13, 2024 9:36 PM

Mother, May I Sleep Forever?

by Anonymousreply 47May 13, 2024 9:37 PM

R45 OMG you’ve finally helped me solve a 20+ year mystery! That’s it!

And here’s the scene.

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by Anonymousreply 48May 13, 2024 9:41 PM

I knew my Bloomsbury-nerd useless knowledge would pay off one day.

by Anonymousreply 49May 13, 2024 9:46 PM

R49 I wish I could private message you and offer many thanks from the bottom of my heart but this will have to do.

It’s interesting how my mind remembered that scene viewing the film as an 8 year old. I knew it was melancholy but not to the extent I remembered. Also, I swear she was eating porridge!

by Anonymousreply 50May 13, 2024 9:54 PM

Well you’ve made my day R50.

by Anonymousreply 51May 13, 2024 10:23 PM

I may be messing up details but the two movies that come to mind are "Carrington" with Emma Thompson and "The Go Between" with Alan Bates and Julie Christie. Both involve people bending over shotguns. I think. But it's been a long time since I've seen either film.

by Anonymousreply 52May 13, 2024 10:37 PM

Sorry for the redundancy!

by Anonymousreply 53May 13, 2024 10:40 PM

R53 thanks for chiming in! I just knew this place would know when Reddit couldn’t come up with the answer.

by Anonymousreply 54May 14, 2024 1:43 AM

A TV showing of “Carrington”?

by Anonymousreply 55May 14, 2024 2:19 AM

Yes, it was a TV showing of Carrington.

by Anonymousreply 56May 14, 2024 2:42 AM

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