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What Lifetime movie was filmed at Topsail High School?

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You might be thinking of “Love’s Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murders.” which filmed at Topsail High School and other area locations. (Among those others: the Battleship North Carolina Memorial, the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus and the old Dairy Queen that used to stand at 17th and Dawson streets, where the Rite Aid pharmacy now stands.)

“Love’s Deadly Triangle,” which filmed here in November and December 1996, originally aired on NBC on Feb. 10, 1997, and was apparently re-run later on the Lifetime cable television network.

The drama was based on the real-life case of Diane Zamora and David Graham, high school sweethearts who entered different military academies. (She went to Annapolis; he went to the U.S. Air Force Academy.) They were accused of the 1995 slaying of Adrianne Jones, 19, a rival for Graham’s affections. Zamora was tried in a Texas state court in February 1998 (a year after the TV movie aired), was convicted of capital murder and received a mandatory life sentence. Graham was tried five months later, was also convicted and also got life. Both are currently inmates in the Texas state prison system. Graham has since expressed remorse in interviews with the Dallas Morning News. Zamora, at last report, maintains her innoncence.

In the movie, “Charmed” co-star Holly Marie Combs played Zamora, and David Lipper (“Dante’s Peak,” “The Pacifier”) played Graham.

Topsail High School, incidentally, is practically the Beverly Hills High of Hollywood East. The school and its campus have appeared in several locally filmed projects, notably the movies “Betsy’s Wedding” and “Hiding Out” (starring Jon Cryer of “Two and a Half Men” as a stockbroker hiding from the Mob by posing as a high school kid). It has also been seen in episodes of the TV series “Matlock” and “American Gothic,” according to Betsy Brodie Roberts, author of “Wilmington Films and Locations.”

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3 Responses to “ What Lifetime movie was filmed at Topsail High School?”

  1. On September 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm DTB wrote:

    Most of “Hiding Out” was actually shot at New Hanover High School, while retaining the name Topsail High.

  2. On September 22, 2009 at 4:14 pm Richie wrote:

    And remember that Topsail High School in any of these movies is now Topsail Middle School.

  3. On September 26, 2009 at 10:30 am George C wrote:

    As the other commenter mentioned, Hiding Out was filmed primarily at the school.

    American Gotchic used the location as a hospital, somewhat unconvincingly.

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