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'Highway Heartbreaker' true-story movie of Joseph Duffy aka Joe 'Mac' Duffy

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"Highway Heartbreaker" aka "Highway Casanova" is a true-story movie based on the case of Orange County conman Joseph Duffy aka Joe 'Mac' Duffy. The movie debuted for the first time in 1992 on CBS before airing on Lifetime Television. It is directed by Paul Schneider and written by Deborah Serra. The cast stars: Linda Gray, Heather Locklear and John Schneider. The real names of the real people were changed for the telefilm.

"Highway Heartbreaker" synopsis/plot

When three women meet Mickey, a handsome conman who entices them to invest their life savings in a money making venture, their lives are turned upside down as they watch their money go down the drain. But, these women have revenge in mind and band together to make Mickey pay for his con games.

According to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives, "Highway Heartbreaker" is based on Joe 'Mac' Duffy, a con man who duped women into investing their money in what turned out to be a fraudulent scheme. His story made news headlines in 1989 and 1990, when he was arrested and charged with the theft. The man who swindled four women out of their savings was named the "Playboy of the Coast Highway," according to the Los Angeles Times.