Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder (1997) starring Holly Marie Combs, David Lipper, Cassidy Rae, Dee Wallace directed by Richard A. Colla Movie Review

Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder (1997)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Holly Marie Combs and David Lipper in Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder (1997) (aka: Swearing Allegiance)

Love Changes Everything

Diane Zamora (Holly Marie Combs) and David Graham (David Lipper - I Do (But I Don't)) were high school sweethearts and so wrapped up in each other that they swear an oath to each other that they will always be together no matter what. But that doesn't stop David when he gets close to the pretty Adrianne Jones (Cassidy Rae - Crowned and Dangerous) during a track meet leading to them sleeping together. Seeing that David is hiding something from her because of his mood change Diane gets it out of him what he did and whilst upset decides that the only way they can move on is if Adrianne is no more and so they kill her. But their story doesn't end there ...

"Love's Deadly Triangle" or "Swearing Allegiance" as it is also known is no ordinary story but unfortunately it is an ordinary made for TV movie. As such it does a reasonable job of telling an adapted version of what really happened and there is more to it than the short synopsis above covers but it lacks flare and style just delivering the ordinary look which you will find in many a TV movie. In fact the closest it gets to style is one of the movies flaw as the scene of David's infidelity as he has sex with Adrianne in the back of his truck on a rainy night is the most stylish scene but it goes on far too long changing the emphasis from telling what happened to semi eroticism.

Cassidy Rae in Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder (1997) (aka: Swearing Allegiance)

The acting as well is just as typical and like the style is of the standard you will see in many a TV movie. In fact there are times when it crosses the line and goes from trying to be realistic to melodramatic and over the top. It almost feels like "Love's Deadly Triangle" has been written for a teen audience and so whilst we have some recognizable stars such as Kurt Fuller, Dee Wallace and Holly Marie Combs none of them have well written characters to work with.

The thing about the story is not so much what happened but the reactions of the characters and so I had better say spoiler alert here. The way Diane and David turned on each other after having been so in love is where the strength of this story really lies but the movie is more interested in how they get to that point, the infidelity, the murder, the police investigation and the innocent guy becoming the chief suspect. It's a shame that more focus on the turn of the relationship wasn't done as that would have helped to make "Love's Deadly Triangle" more than just another made for TV movie.

What this all boils down to is that if you enjoy TV movies "Love's Deadly Triangle" is a solid but unremarkable one based on a true story. But it could have been so much more than just another TV movie.