Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie

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Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie
Written byJoyce Heft Brotman
Directed byNoel Nosseck
StarringPeggy Lipton
Danica McKellar
Music byStacy Widelitz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersLawrence Horowitz
Michael O'Hara
ProducersTracey Jeffrey
John G. Lenic (assistant producer)
Production locationBritish Columbia
CinematographyRichard Leiterman
EditorRon Spang
Running time90 minutes
Production companiesLibra Pictures
O'Hara-Horowitz Productions
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 15, 1996 (1996-01-15)

Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie is a 1996 American-Canadian made-for-television drama film directed by Noel Nosseck. The film, based on actual events, is a part of the Moment of Truth franchise and was also made as Death Benefit (1996). Filming took place in Toronto.[1]


Carol Mills (Peggy Lipton) is a mother who has a troubling relationship with her 19-year-old daughter Annie (Danica McKellar). Unable to live with her any longer, Annie moves out and marries her boyfriend Ken Carman (Martin Cummins). It soon turns out their marriage is a failure, and she decides to move in with another family, George and Helen Preston (Terry David Mulligan, Susan Ruttan). Not much later, Carol receives a message, informing her that her daughter accidentally died. Crushed, she learns at the funeral that Annie had a life insurance policy worth of $100,000, with Helen as beneficiary. She starts to suspect that Annie was actually murdered because of that and tries to collect evidence, with the help of a detective (Bruce Weitz).

The film was based on the case of Deana Hubbard Wild, who was pushed to her death from a cliff near Monterey, California. Wild's boyfriend's mother was convicted of her murder in 1992.[2] His father was also charged, but died before the case was brought to trial.[3]



  1. ^ Review Variety
  2. ^ "Woman Sentenced to Life for Murdering Son's Girlfriend". AP NEWS. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "Murder Suspect Dies Night Before the Trial : Crime: Chula Vista man had been in jail for two years. He was accused, along with his ex-wife, of killing a housemate to collect on an insurance policy". Los Angeles Times. Dec 3, 1991. Retrieved May 23, 2020.

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