A Taste for Killing

A Taste for Killing is a 1992 American made-for-television thriller drama film directed by Lou Antonio and starring Michael Biehn, Jason Bateman and Henry Thomas. It marked actress Renée Zellweger's debut role.[1] The film was originally broadcast August 12, 1992 on USA Network.

A Taste for Killing
A Taste for Killing
Written byDan Bronson
Story byAllen Rucker
Hudson Marquez
Directed byLou Antonio
StarringMichael Biehn
Jason Bateman
Henry Thomas
Renée Zellweger
Music byMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Barry Greenfield
Producer(s)Michael S. Murphey
Production location(s)Houston
Galveston, Texas
Pasadena, Texas
CinematographyGayne Rescher
Editor(s)Gary Griffin
Running time87 minutes
Production company(s)Bodega Bay Productions
DistributorMCA/Universal Pictures
Original networkUSA Network
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original release
  • August 12, 1992


Blaine Stockard III (Bateman) and Cary Sloan (Thomas) are best friends from well-to-do families who both set off for adventurous summer jobs on a Texas offshore oil rig between college graduation and law school. Openly resentful of their high society background, the boys' blue-collar bad-tempered boss Elray (Deckert) makes their lives as miserable as possible. Soon the boys meet happy-go-lucky Bo Landry (Biehn), who befriends the naive kids, shows them the ropes and helps them survive. The boys soon discover that their new friend is anything but a lifesaver. Preying on their innocence, Bo soon reveals himself as a con-artist with deadly intentions.



  1. ^ "A Taste for Killing". AllMovie.

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Part or all of these movies/shows either take place, or are set, in Houston, Texas or the surrounding area:

The Houston Story (1956) - starring Gene Barry and Barbara Hale (of Perry Mason)

Hellfighters (1968) - with John Wayne

Brewster McCloud (1970) – first film to be filmed inside the Astrodome

The Getaway (1972) – filmed in Huntsville, Texas

The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973) – set and filmed in Houston

Sugar Hill (1974) - set and filmed in Houston

The Sugarland Express (1974) – filmed on location at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Inmate Division Jester III Unit in Sugar Land, Texas

Together Brothers (1974) - filmed in Galveston, Texas

Rollerball (1975) – set in Houston but filmed in Bavaria, Germany

Futureworld (1976) – filmed at the Johnson Space Center facilities and Jones Hall

Logan's Run (1976) – filmed inside the Houston Hyatt Regency

The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)

Murder at the World Series (1977) – made-for-TV film

Telefon (1977) – set in Houston but filmed on a Hollywood backlot, parts of Los Angeles and inside the Hyatt Regency at 5 Embarcadero in San Francisco

FM (1978) – filmed at Greenway Plaza in Houston

The Swarm (1978) - second unit scenes filmed on Memorial Drive, Astrodome, Interstate 45 South/McKinney Street Exit ramp, and the main lobby of 2 Houston Center

Texas (1980–1982) – daytime soap opera, a spin-off of Another World

Urban Cowboy (1980)

Murder in Texas (1981) – made-for-TV film

Okay, Mr. Pancho (1981) – Mexican film, filmed in Mexico City and Houston areas.

Student Bodies (1981)

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) – character played by Dom DeLuise was based on KTRK-TV personality Marvin Zindler

Terms of Endearment (1982)

Local Hero (1983) - filmed in Houston and Scotland

Uncommon Valor (1983) – set in Houston, filmed in California

Blood Simple (1984)

Cutter to Houston (1984)

Paris, Texas (1984) – shot in several cities around Texas, including Houston

The Trip to Bountiful (1984) – set in Houston but filmed in Dallas

Pray for Death (1985) - set and filmed in Houston

Buck James (1987–1988) – based on Dr. Red Duke

Forever Evil (1987) – filmed in Houston and Coldspring

Houston Knights (1987–1988)

My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1988)

Twins (1988) – sale of engine set in Houston

A Tiger's Tale (1988) – Rose's house was in League City

Full Moon in Blue Water (1988) – Filmed in Seabrook

Blind Fury (1989) – filmed partially in Houston

Cohen and Tate (1989)

For All Mankind (1989) – documentary filmed partially in Houston

Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)

Night Game (1989) – filmed in Galveston

Akkare Akkare Akkare (1990) – Malayalam movie filmed in Houston

I Come in Peace (1990)

Vietnam, Texas (1990) - filmed and set in Houston

RoboCop 2 (1990) - set in Detroit, but chiefly filmed in Houston

Rush (1991) – filmed in Houston

City of Joy (1992) – first scene is set in Houston

Sidekicks (1992)

A Taste for Killing (1992) – made-for-TV film

Wild Wheels (1992) - documentary footage dating back to the late 1980s during the Houston Art Car Parade including artist interviews are seen in the film - some parade footage dates back to 1988 when the parade was co-branded with the Houston International Festival

A Perfect World (1993) – filmed in Huntsville

The Chase (1994) – filmed in the Rice Village area and several highways around the Houston area; one scene also shot in Kemah

City of Joy (1994) - set in Houston, though not filmed there

Jason's Lyric (1994) - set in Houston's Third, Fourth, and Fifth Ward including a scene at This Is It! Soul Food Restaurant, a local Houston eatery

Reality Bites (1994)

Thea (1994)

Apollo 13 (1995) Johnson Space Center (box office #1 film in U.S.)

Powder (1995) - filmed in Sugar Land, a Houston suburb, and some indoor scenes on a soundstage at Houston Studios in Downtown Houston

Don't Look Back (1996) – filmed in Galveston, Texas

The Evening Star (1996) - sequel to Terms of Endearment (1982)

Independence Day (1996) – Houston is largely destroyed by a nuclear missile

SubUrbia (1996) – filmed in Houston, Set in Austin, Texas

Tin Cup (1996) – final tournament shot in Kingwood, Texas

Prithvi (1997) - set in Houston, Texas

Selena (1997) – Selena's final concert scene is set in the Astrodome, but filmed in San Antonio, Texas

Armageddon (1998) – filmed at the Johnson Space Center facilities

Dance With Me (1998)

Fifth Ward (1998) – filmed in and set in Houston's Fifth Ward

Five Wives, Three Secretaries and Me (1998) – documentary filmed in Houston

Rushmore (1998) – written and directed by Houstonian Wes Anderson; filmed at his alma mater, St. John's School, as well as The Kinkaid School

Arlington Road (1999) – filmed in Pearland, a Houston suburb, and at the University of Houston

2000 WNBA Champions - Houston Comets (2000)

Mercy (2000)

Space Cowboys (2000)

Reba (2001-2007) – TV series set in Houston but filmed in Los Angeles

Pearl Harbor (2001) - San Jacinto Battlefield State Memorial Site

Texas Justice (2001-) – filmed in Houston

Houston Medical (2002)

Tarnation (2002) - contains old pictures from Houston

Animal Cops: Houston (2003)

The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003) – set in Houston, but filmed in Canada

Right on Track (2003) – Disney Channel movie set in Houston, but filmed in Utah

Threshold (2003)

Where's the Party Yaar? (2003) - also called Dude, Where's the Party; filmed entirely in Houston, about a nerdy Indian student who visits his hip nephew in Houston

Friday Night Lights (2004) - in the book and real life events, the final game of the Permian High School Team is played at The University of Texas at Austin in Austin not the Astrodome of Houston

Suburban Madness (2004) - details the Clara Harris story

14 Hours (2005) – made-for-TV film set in Houston, but filmed in Canada

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) – documentary about the Enron scandal

Volver (2006) – Houston is mentioned briefly several times by a woman with cancer as a place where "they cure everything there"

Fast Food Nation (2006) – filmed in several US cities, including Houston

American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007) – documentary with scenes in Houston

Towelhead (2007) – set in a Houston suburb, but filmed in Los Angeles

A Federal Case (2007) - set in Houston and Richmond, Texas

Frieda Gilroy (2008)

Crazy Heart (2009) - partly filmed in downtown Houston

Mao's Last Dancer (2009) - drama about the life of ballet dancer Li Cunxin; partly filmed in Houston at the China Garden Restaurant and JP Morgan Chase Tower downtown, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, and the Wortham Theater Center downtown; mostly filmed in Australia and Nanjing, China

The Open Road (2009)

Puncture (2011)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) (box office #1 film in U.S.)

Tree of Life (2011) – shot in Houston and other cities in Texas; starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt

Art Car: The Movie (2012) - filmed during the 2010 Houston Art Car Parade

Boyhood (2014) – directed by Richard Linklater; shot in Houston, Austin, San Marcos, Big Bend National Park, and other locations in Texas

Draft Day (2014)

Top Five (2014)

God's Not Dead (2014) - filmed in Baton Rouge, set in Houston

The Martian (2015) (box office #1 film in the U.S.)

A Curry on an American Plate (2015)

Orphan Train (2015) shot in Houston, Hill Country, Marfa, Mexico

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