A Murder to Remember is telecast Sunday, August 2, 8 p.m. on Lifetime. After spending more than 35 years in front of a camera, veteran actor Robin Givens (pictured top right) moves behind it this weekend making her directorial debut with the premiere of Lifetime's A Murder to Remember. Inspired by author Ann Rule's true crime collection, the film follows the story of Robin Rivera (Maddie Nichols) (pictured top center) and her husband Javier (Kevin Rodriguez), and the events that follow a tragic accident after the young couple encounter Sam (T.C. Matherne) (pictured top left), a stranger who initially offers his assistance, then becomes Maddie's worst nightmare. In addition to presenting Givens with the opportunity to direct, the film offers a fascinating insight into Stockholm syndrome, a condition that sees hostages form a psychological bond with their captor. "I was familiar with the syndrome and whenever I hear it I think of Patty Hearst," admitted Givens when MediaVillage spoke with her exclusively. "It's funny when you talk to younger people as they have no idea who or what you're talking about like Maddie did. When we meet the Robin character, she's a very young woman who thinks she's all grown up, but in many respects is still a young girl. I believe the real character was quite young. After the events that led her to be lost in the woods with the Sam character, I think that bonded them in a weird way, so she's willing to keep the pact they made and tell a story. But when reality hits…? The things our mind can do to survive and get through a situation is fascinating."
Enjoying This Commentary? There's More to Love
Subscribe to MediaVillage to receive email alerts featuring the latest content on advertising, media/TV, and marketing strategies and trends, including exclusive The Myers Report research findings.